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The Future House, a bright blue round UFO-like pod raised up on stilts, with round windows looking in to the bedroom inside
Photograph: Chris Wakefield

This 1960s UFO house just landed in a country park in the UK

The Futuro House has beamed down in Marston Park – and you can stay in it

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Ed Cunningham
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If you pop down to Somerset’s Marston Park this summer, you might see an extraordinary – and quite possibly extra-terrestrial – object nestled among the trees. 

For the past few years, the Futuro House has been flying around the world (well, just the UK and France), beaming down on galleries and art spaces in London and Le Havre. Now it’s been plonked down in the middle of an idyllic country park in Somerset and – for the first time ever – guests can rent it out for the night to experience the spectacular property as it was always intended. 

Interior of the Futuro House at Marston Park, with four yellow seats lit by side lighting
Photograph: Chris Wakefield

The brainchild of Finnish designer Matti Suuronen, the Futuro House launched in 1968 as a prefabricated design intended to be used as cabins on ski slopes and quickly became iconic – largely because it looks quite a lot like a flying saucer, in case you hadn’t noticed. 

Despite the popularity of the design, fewer than one hundred Futuro Houses were ever made and only 68 survive today. This particular model was rescued from dilapidation in South Africa by UK artist Craig Barnes. 

At Marston Park, it’s been given a spot with lake views and comes equipped with plenty of contemporary facilities like hot showers and flushing toilets. The inside is just as futuristic as the exterior; a surprisingly roomy space with lots of clean angles and furnishings faithful to the original 1960s style. 

Fancy experiencing a Scandinavian vision of groovy, futuristic living? Stays in the far-out cabin start at £400 per night and can be booked via the Marston Park website now. We clearly don’t live in the future that the Futuro House predicted, but it’s still nice to pretend, eh?

Big fan of futuristic design? Check out this 3D-printed bridge that just opened in Amsterdam.

And then have a look at these pod houses that are providing a way out of homelessness.

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