Space age: Amazing retro futuristic homes of the ’60s

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LIFE Apr 12, 1963 future house
In this ad series for Motorola, commercial artist Charles Schridde (1926-2011) depicted modernist homes of the future, apparently based on plans designed by several well-known architects. Of course, the ads all prominently featured Motorola’s stereos, televisions and other electronics, and appeared in national magazines during the early ’60s.

As you will see on these two pages, Schridde’s talent perfectly captures the era’s sleek futurism style and space-age optimism in each of his illustrated designs.

For more retro futurism, you should also see this! The home of the future: Space-age inventions (1958-1961)

Round ultramodern glass house with a skyline view

This modern high-rise dwelling makes it possible to “get away” from the city without leaving it. Curved glass window wall forms a panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. Reflecting pool and shrubbery add warmth to ultramodern room setting, accented by dome ceiling.

Space age: Retro futuristic homes


Home along the ocean

This double-deck cliff house combines the rugged beauty of the seacoast with relaxed contemporary living.

Space age: Amazing retro futuristic homes of the '60s designed by Charles Schridde


Futuristic home with a glass dome roof

Being “king of the mountain” is a grown-up reality for this young couple. Their contemporary cliff house, hung around a solid rock pinnacle, gives them a commanding view of both the village and the sea below.

Super futuristic home from the 1960s


Retro modern space-age home over a brook

Peace and solitude should be no problem for this young couple. Their dramatic hideaway over a creek is hung on canted pre-stressed concrete buttresses.

Space age house decor from Charles Schridde


Retro modern house with an underwater view

Here’s architect Leon Deller’s design of a modern “rec” room — using presstressed concrete walls and ceiling, and large aquarium windows that look directly into the backyard swimming pool.

Modern rec room with aquarium


Three story open-plan lake house

Reminiscent of sailing ships past, this contemporary “crow’s nest” summer home gives this couple an unusual lookout from which to plot a course of summer fun.

Waterfront home designed by Charles Schridde


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A floating spiral staircase

Suspended on cables, this magnificent spiral staircase gives the impression it floats in mid-air above the reflecting pool. The kids are more interested in what they’ve found under the tree. Naturally.

Vintage architecture concepts


Glassy three-story tall home

Glass futuristic retro building


Working out in the pool room

Keeping the family fit in the winter is no problem in this home with its solarium-recreation room. Movable tinted panels allow privacy as well as a sun shield in winter and summer. The TV is Motorola’s newest portable on a decorator-styled roll-about cart.

Swimming pool and modernist home


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