A Living Space
Keywords:Futuro, GFRP, Investigation, degradation, preservation
The restoration of the Futuro house in Corfu is complicated by being both an art object and a living space. The glass-fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) materials showed damage that could be related to ageing and exposure to the local, unfavorable environmental conditions (light, humidity and temperature). In order to establish the technical condition of the building, non-destructive techniques were used. Additionally, indoor air quality was tested. The research has shown that the most relevant causes of damage to GFRP materials are moisture, exposure to sunlight and thermal changes. The intervention strategies applied so far are not conclusive. Maintenance is always needed. Further investigations are deemed necessary to understand the properties and state of conservation of the materials at a micro scale.