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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2009, 02:06 
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Perth had one of the ninety six plastic spaceship houses built around the world by the Finnish architect, Matti Suuronen. It was called "Futuro House" and built as part of the Colliers Home Expo in 1968.

The houses were almost 9 metres wide and 3.6 metres high inside. It contained one bedroom, a bathroom, living room complete with fireplace, dining room, kitchen and retractable stairs for easy access to the house.


love it ! I want one.

PostPosted: 13 Aug 2009, 11:12 
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On the seaward side of the Great Ocean Road, just past Big Hill on the way to Lorne, there was a similar building to those pictured, used as a holiday house. AIUI, it was purchased after serving as a "futuristic house" exhibit at a home show in Melbourne in around 1960.

Given its generally inaccessible location down a very steep private driveway, it could only be glimpsed through the bush as you drove past (although drivers can't afford to let their eyes wander on that road). It was visible from Lorne, as a distant, powerful glint in the sun when looking back towards Aireys Inlet.

Sadly, the Ash Wednesday bushfire in 1983 reduced it to a lump of molten metal.

PostPosted: 13 Aug 2009, 20:48 
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Location: far out, man!
There was one of these on a farm near Yungaburra on the Atherton Tablelands in the hinterland behind Cairns in the seventies.
How they got it up the range is a puzzle. They may have come in segments.
I have searched for it recently on Google Earth to no avail.
They were featured in Playboy magazine in the sixties, where they were depicted being delivered by helicopter.

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Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.

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