This Futuro has been restored by myself, who having seen it since being a child, saved it from ruin in South Africa in 2013, then managed the deconstruction and transportation of it to the UK, and spent a year researching, planning and executing its initial restoration.
It is the only Futuro in the UK, and one of a handful with a near complete original interior, as the architect intended. Since restoration it has been exhibited three times.
Wherever the Futuro travels to it will evolve and grow: both as a restoration of a historical architectural icon, and the scale and ambition of the activity which it contains / surrounds it. It should be a place to look back at the past and wonder, but also a place for dreaming and scheming about the future.
In 2018 it landed atop a hill overlooking the French city of Le Havre, for a city wide arts programme entitled Un Été Au Havre. During three months, 30,000 visitors came through the portal (door) into the Futuro, lay back in the house, and experienced a specifically commissioned sound piece by French artist Vincent Epplay, which abstractly took visitors on a journey through the space ages, and imbued the sense of possibility of the era when the Futuro was originally launched.
Central Saint Martins
Loaned by the college to see how students and staff would respond to the house, the space it contains, and the ideals embedded within it, the college wide activity within it is curated under the banner of Slivers of the Future. As well as many talks, discussions and lectures, it also hosted fashion and comedy shows, musical performances (that we broadcast in 360), exhibitions, a five day residency where students lived in the Futuro, and finally, regular sold out public tours I hosted.
In 2014 at Matt’s Gallery, the Futuro was presented as the Centre for Remote Possibilities, in which the space was given over to a different artist every day to create or curate an event or response. From responsive performances, to sculptures, to panel talks to screenings, the breadth was staggering. Experienced by a limited audience in the space, they were also broadcast live via the Matt’s Gallery website.
Artists included: Graham Fagen, Sean Dower, RCA Visual Cultures students, Keef Winter with Steve Ennis & Rory Phillips, Jefford Horrigan, Jonathan Baldock & Rafal Zajko, 38b with Reet Maff’l (Luke Drozd and Andy Abbot), Jenny Moore, Dave Maric, Holly Pester and Now Owl, Jonathan Trayner, Ross Downes, Ansuman Biswas, Peter Fillingham, Patrick Coyle, Yuki Nishimura, Lindsay Seers, Robin Klassnik, Tom Crawford, Daniel Kelly, Nathaniel Pitt, Daniel Pryde- Jarman, Nicolas Pope, Kieren Reed, William Cobbing, Barry Sykes, Holly Slingsby, Laura Milnes, Guy Gormley, Peter Liversidge, Justin Hibbs, Ben Lancaster & Sean Roche.