House of the Future Disneyland California

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Marvin Goody & Richard Hamilton
Created by two Architects

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Monsanto's House of the Future (Monsanto, House of the Future) was a Tomorrowland attraction at Disneyland California. It was opened to 1957 at 1967 and sponsored by Monsanto whose main field of activity was then the production of plastic. The attraction offered a visit to a futuristic house, allegedly in the year 1986. The house was located at the entrance to Tomorowland in front of the north building near the castle. It was in the form of a Latin cross on stilts. A garden with a pond was located under the house. The entire framework of the house was made of plastic and the interior presented revolutionary objects such as microwave ovens or television screens. (not operational at the time). With the opening in 1959 de Matterhorn Bobsleds, just behind, the sight of the house standing in front of the Matterhorn replica had become a “obligation” amateur photographers.


Monsanto House of the Future, Marvin Goody, Richard Hamilton, Robert Whittier et Frank Heger, 1950.


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L & rsquo; attraction 1957 proposed a futuristic house 1986 (is 30 years later) from Tomorowland to Disneyland in California it was opened from 1957 at 1967.

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The MHOF was among the most important of many 20th century prototypes for low-cost factory-built housing and was one of many showrooms. As type of building – compact with less structural constraints than public or commercial buildings – the shape of the house was an ideal laboratory for experimentation in the design, materials and construction. It was considered one of the most important vehicles for the study of architectural ideas in the twentieth century. In this project and in many others over the years 1950 and 1960, MIT has played a key role in advancing architectural innovation.


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The house survived the New Tomorrowland of 1967 but closed shortly because Monsanto preferred to sponsor its new attraction : Adventure Thru Inner Space.

Disneyland 1967 – Adventure Thru Inner Space




Then demolished they could have taken it apart without breaking everything.. but what mess !

Contrary to what was advanced in the attraction, the house took two weeks to be destroyed and not a day. Workers had to cut the plastic with a chainsaw and legend has it that the destruction ball bounced off the house without destroying it.

The house closed in 1967. The building was so solid that when the demolition crews failed to demolish the house with wrecking balls, torches, chainsaws and jackhammers, the building was finally demolished using strangled chains to crush it into smaller parts. The plastic structure was so strong that the half-inch steel bolts used to mount it to its foundation broke before the structure itself. The reinforced concrete foundation has never been removed and remains in its original location, now the Pixie Hollow, where it was painted green and is used as a planter.

Monsanto House of the Future in Lego


A Video 360 and a trip to the House of the Future in Disneyland Park !


Buy one 3D model by Alban De Jerphanion


 

Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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