Having landed at Central Saint Martins in 2015 for an initial year long stay, the Futuro house’s visit to Kings Cross has now been extended until Summer 2017 by popular demand.
Painstakingly restored by artist Craig Barnes, this spaceship style, prefabricated fibreglass house was designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the late 1960s and is one of only 60 worldwide still in existence today.
On loan to Central Saint Martins, the Futuro is used by the college community as an active space for future gazing performances, talks, screenings and exhibitions, all embodying the spirit of this project and of the architecture itself, as well as being open for monthly public tours hosted by Craig Barnes.
Having seen the Futuro whilst installed at Matt’s Gallery, London in 2014, professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins saw the potential for students and staff to work with ideas of the future in this icon of space age design.
“It is really wonderful to have Central Saint Martins host the Futuro House as a symbol of optimism and speculation. It brings a smile to everyone who sees it, and acts as a catalyst for future thought and action.”
Professor Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins,
Pro Vice-Chancellor University of the Arts London
In the space of three years, the Futuro has travelled from South Africa to Herefordshire for restoration, and from it’s initial landing post restoration in London at Matt’s Gallery, Mile End to a few miles west at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross.
Where will it go next however? That is a question even artist and Futuro House owner Craig Barnes doesn’t even know the answer to but would like one! In the meantime, plans for further restoration and development are afoot, and it is hoped that wherever it goes next it will become a space in which people can stay also.
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