• Lydia Beerkens




glass reinforced polyester (GRP), outdoor sculpture, Futuro house, prototype, modern architecture, glass reinforced polyester (GRP), outdoor sculpture, futuro house, prototype, modern architecture


The Futuro house was designed in 1968 by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. Its prototype, Futuro no. 000, currently in the collection of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, underwent a major conservation treatment at the time of its acquisition a decade ago. The construction, the architectural details and the surface of fiberglass reinforced polyester (GRP) elements had suffered from transport and handling during the many assemblies on various sites, indoors and outdoors, over the previous decades. Before starting the restoration a research project was set-up to investigate the options for conservation. A clear vision about the best ways to exhibit the prototype was developed in order to avoid further deterioration. The decision to only exhibit the Futuro within the museum was essential for its conservation treatment. In contrast with the original function of the mass-produced Futuro houses as summer houses or ski-huts, it proves to be the best option to preserve the unique prototype for the future.

How to Cite

Beerkens, L. (2022). MATTI SUURONEN’S ‘FUTURO’ - PROTOTYPE 1968 AFTER 50 YEARS. Docomomo Journal, (66), 60–67.




Author Biography

Lydia Beerkens

Lydia Beerkens is trained as Art Historian and Art Conservator. In 2012 she earned her PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen for her thesis: ‘The Conservation of Modern Art; a new specialization within the field of Art Conservation’. She graduated in Conservation (1995) and in Art Histrory (1989). She had her own studio in Modern Art conservation for many years, is currently Director at SRAL, the conservation institute, Maastricht, where she also works as senior conservator of modern art ( Beerkens lectures at international conferences and publishes on conservation treatments, decision making, new methodology and modern-art technology, based on case studies from her own practice.


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