Created in the 1960s, Futuro Houses were designed to be ideal mountaintop ski cabins. Today, the retired 1960s structures can be found all over the globe serving different purposes, including the one here in North Carolina’s Outer Banks that acts as the popular Frisco UFO.
“Playboy ran an ad on it in 1972, because that was the end of them because of the oil crisis. They were getting rid of what was left.”Leroy Reynolds, Futuro House "Frisco UFO" Owner
Resembling a prop from an outer space-themed cult classic film, Futuro Houses were designed for more than unique appearances.
They are all-terrain, prefabricated cabins designed to withstand strong winds for easy transport and placement on top of mountains. These qualities in its design—created by Finnish architect Matti Suuoren—made it the ideal ski cabin. This was its intended use.
“The first one I saw was when I used to go snow skiing,” said James Bagwell, the owner of today’s Futuro House Frisco UFO property in Frisco, North Carolina. “When I’m going through Denver, on your left on the side of the top of a mountain as you’re headed west to get to the Copper Mountain and the slopes, there’s one there.”
The end—and new beginning—of the Futuro House
Following its heyday around the 1960s, the construction of the original Futuro House design eventually came to a halt.
“They were sold in Earth News magazine and then Playboy ran an ad on it in 1972, because that was the end of them because of the oil crisis,” said Leroy Reynolds, owner of the Futuro House Frisco UFO. “They were getting rid of what was left.”
Reynolds and Bagwell’s Frisco UFO is a perfect, and unique example of how Futuro Houses are being repurposed today. They can also be found scattered around the world, in countries like France and Austria.