Spaceship owner: Every man should have one

LAUREN MANN
Last updated 13:50 07/01/2014
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BLAST OFF: The iconic spaceship house in Raglan is off on a new voyage to Christchurch.

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BEAM ME UP: The late Captain Peter Farrell of Raglan in his ‘‘spaceship’’ house.

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Every middle-aged man should have a spaceship.

So says Christchurch man Tim Hoban, the proud new owner of the "Raglan Spaceship".

After receiving a call from the spaceship's seller, Hoban, a property manager, said he had three hours to decide if he wanted the $80,000 "futuro" house.

With the clock ticking, it was Mr Hoban's fond memories of seeing similar houses as a child that pushed him to buy it.

"I am sure some people may think it's a little crazy, but what's cooler than a spaceship?"

It did not worry Mr Hoban that he had not seen the spaceship in person before buying because it was an opportunity to purchase something special.

He was undecided about what he would use his new purchase for and was "open to suggestions".

"It's not really practical for us to live in fulltime, but it could be an ideal bach. Although sometimes I look around the city and see a few places where a spaceship could work really well."

Mr Hoban said his first priority was getting the spaceship home to Christchurch. He would soon travel to Raglan to disassemble it.

"It's a really fascinating structure, made up of 16 different parts that fit together like orange segments and are secured with bolts."

Built from fibreglass, the spaceship sits on a concrete pad and is designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen.

The previous owner of the spaceship, which was featured in the book Baches of Raglan, was Captain Peter Farrell of Raglan, who died early last year.

SPACESHIP HOUSE

Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen.

Also known as Futuro House, there were about 100 built.

Constructed as holiday homes in the 1960s and 70s.

Easy to transport, low maintenance.

About 26 feet (7.9m) in diameter.

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