The Wing House by David Hertz Architects

The Wing House by David Hertz Architects

Trent Johnson
Jun 30, 2010

Imagine if the roof of your home was actually a recycled airplane wing. For one lucky family, this will soon be a reality as their home is being constructed from the body of an entire Boeing 747 aircraft. In fact, the plane, purchased for less than $50,000, will be recycled into seven separate structures including the main house, guest house, art studio, barn and meditation pavilion.

Above is an aerial photograph of the 55-acre Malibu, CA compound which is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2010. The initial 747 aircraft measured in at over 230 feet long, 195 feet wide and 63 feet tall. At a price of less than $50,000, it was an incredibly economical buy for use as a building material.

The aim of the entire project is to use as much post-consumer waste as possible for an incredibly low environmental impact. Solar power, radiant heating, natural ventilation and high performance heat mirror glazing will also be incorporated. The new Wing House will reside on the same building pads which once held pagoda like structures that were destroyed in the Malibu fires, allowing for minimal changes to grading.

Hundreds of airplanes have been retired to the deserts of California, sold for their weight in aluminum. While the cost to transport the planes was quite steep ($8,000/hr for helicopter transport), the material cost was so low that it easily made up for the expense.

Ways in which different pieces of the plane will be used:

  • The main residence will use both main wings as well as the two stabilizers from the tail section as a roof for the master bedroom.
  • The Art Studio will use a 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage as a roof.
  • The Upper First Class cabin deck will be used as a roof for the Guest House.
  • The Lower half of the fuselage will form the roof of the animal barn.
  • The entire front of the airplane, 28 feet in diameter, will form a meditation pavilion.
  • A fire pit and water element will be constructed out of the engine cowling.

The Wing House via Treehugger

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