Alien home undergoes dissection

Nelson's landmark spaceship home is about to take off.

The quirky space pod that has been a fixture in the city's Port Hills since it arrived in the 1970s was being dismantled and was expected to be gone by today, a workman at the site said.

The workman, who did not want to be named, said work had started on taking apart the fibreglass pod in Fifeshire Cres on Monday.

OUT OF SITE: Builders dismantle the fibreglass spaceship house in Fifeshire Cres to be carted away into storage.
OUT OF SITE: Builders dismantle the fibreglass spaceship house in Fifeshire Cres to be carted away into storage.

The frame would be taken to a storage site in Richmond before being relocated to its new Christchurch base at a later date.

Bidding for the space pod failed to ignite during an initial auction in May for the capsule and its waterfront site.

But at a second auction a few days later for the spacecraft house on its own, bidding was supercharged. It was sold to a Christchurch bidder for $75,000.

Agent and auctioneer Jeremy Matthews said the ship had been sold to an "internationally famous New Zealander" who would use it for personal accommodation.

The spaceship, which was designed to "be carried away in a box", is one of 65 in the world. It was built under licence in New Zealand and used as a bank in the athletes' village at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. It was transported to the Port Hills property the same year.

The workman said the frame of the ship weighed four tonnes and was designed to be dismantled by two people in two days but in this case it was taking a bit longer because it had been built on a slope. The Futuro Home concept was created in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen for use as a portable ski cabin or holiday home.

The Nelson Mail