June 14, 1933|
April 16, 2013 (aged 79)|
|Alma mater||Helsinki University of Technology|
Suuronen founded his own firm, Casa Finlandia in Espoo in the West End, with 12 employees at its greatest extent. He designed petrol stations, kiosks, detached and terraced houses as well as public buildings.
Suuronen became internationally known for designing buildings using reinforced plastic, especially Futuro and Venturo houses. Suuronen made novel use of materials such as polyester resin, fiberglass, and acrylic windows for use in civil structures. A key element in his design was creating prefabricated elements that would later be assembled into complete structures.
Engineering critics have noted that some of these early works, such as Suuronen's innovative petrol station design near Lempäälä, suffered long-term performance problems due to the material limitations of early composites.
The iconic flying saucer design of the Futuro was developed in the late 1960s. While the form of the Futuro was linked to the aesthetics of science fiction, it stands as a significant early investigation of the use of plastics in prefabricated housing.
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- Barry Bergdoll, ed. (2008). Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, Part 1. The Museum of Modern Art. pp. 140–143. ISBN 9780870707339.
- Granqvist, Pekka (May 1, 2013). "Arkkitehti suunnitteli Futuro-talon". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 2014-08-03.
- G Pohl, ed. (2010). Textiles, Polymers and Composites for Buildings. Elsevier. p. 423. ISBN 9781845699994.
- Muistot: Matti Suuronen Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 5 Oktober 2014.
- Staff (July 2004). "Back to the Futuro". Dwell. 4 (7). pp. 90–92. ISSN 1530-5309. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
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