Retrofuturism

The space-age visions of the 1960’s and early 70’s produced some rather extraordinary architectural pearls:

SWEDEN

Villa Spies in the Stockholm archipelago, “…a futuristic, hedonistic summerhouse designed in 1969 by the young Swedish architect Staffan Berglund for the wealthy Danish visionary and business genius Simon Spies.” Completely round, it was really something different from the traditional houses in Sweden.

Staffan Berglund – Villa Spies (1969), Stockholm archipelago

Staffan Berglund – Villa Spies (interior)

FINLAND

In the early 70’s Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed a UFO-shaped mobile home called Futuro.

Matti Suuronen – Futuro (1970)

Picture from: arcspace.com (which has more info and pictures of it).

USA

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Disneyland exhibited some very interesting visions of future houses. One example was the Monsanto-sponsored House of the Future.

Monsanto House of the Future (1957), Disneyland

Monsanto house of the future interior

Monsanto House of the Future (interior)

Picture from: yesterland.com

In the 1970’s, science fiction TV-series such as Moonbase Alpha continued to inspire home design with white or cadmium orange, red and yellow plastic products and furniture.

Living room 05

Moonbase Alpha-inspired living room

Moonbase Alpha-inspired living room

Picture from: Sorellarium: 13

Read more about other retro-futuristic visions: Tales of Future Past

See also Googie Architecture

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