Pensacola Beach:

Panferio Road Flying Saucer House

 thumbnail Pensacola Beach: Panferio Road Flying Saucer House

These flying saucer inspired modular homes, thirty-six feet in diameter were marketed by a now-defunct California company under the name Future Fiberglass Homes. it is actually one of only 20 Futuro houses ever built and designed by Finnish pop architect Matti Suuronen in 1968. Originally intended as a futuristic ski cabin for a friend of the Finn, the Futuro house proved so versatile that the other 19 were commissioned for a variety of purposes, such as: observer stations for the Swedish Air Force, a youth club in Stuttgart, an office for a Yorkshire plastics factory in England and homes throughout the United States. There is even a Futuro house right next to a highway in Estonia being passed off as Santa Claus’s Flying Saucer. Sales literature in the late 1960s described the Futuro as “representing the modern, comfortable way of housing incorporating practical coziness,” and confidently predicted that: “the Futuro is the dwelling of the future.” However, despite their optimism, sales of the Futuro were not good so following the initial run of 20, production ceased entirely. The house was criticised for lacking storage space, and considered too pricy and too small for normal families. The fact that it was built out of plastic certainly didn’t help sales either as potential buyers in the 1960s thought it wouldn’t stand the test of time. But, as can be seen from the example at Pensacola Beach, they were wrong. The house survived many hurricanes.