You must see the west wing... Luxury Malibu home built using parts from JUMBO JET
Last updated at 2:34 PM on 2nd August 2011
This incredible new luxury home is far from plane – despite being built using scrap material from an old Boeing 747.
The house is a big departure from a typical new home - but with a roof made using the huge wings, a meditation pavilion and art studio, its owner has landed an incredible pad.
Parts of the plane used to create the aptly named Wing House had to be flown in by helicopter, while busy motorways were shut for the rest.
Flight of fancy: The aptly named Wing House in Malibu, California, was built Boeing 747 parts - notably the wings
Far from plane: Despite its olds aeroplane parts, the house looks incredibly modern and luxurious
The west wing: Looking over the mountains with a ledge created using the 747's wing, the house is the brainchild of David Hertz, who spent months painstakingly planning the project by studying aeroplanes
Located on a 55-acre plot of land in the beautiful hills of Malibu, California, the stunning build is the brainchild of architect David Hertz, who spent months painstakingly planning the project by studying aeroplanes.
Dedicated David would take pictures of wings whenever he was on a flight somewhere, and even wander around plane graveyards taking snaps of Boeings from different angles.
He said: ‘I imagined a roof structure allowing a view of the mountain range and distant views, while the client requested curvilinear and feminine shapes.
‘The wing of a 747 at over 2,500 sq-ft became ideal to maximize views and provide a self supporting roof with minimal additional structural support needed.
‘The scale of a 747 is enormous - over 230ft long, 195ft wide and 63ft tall with over 17,000 cubic feet of cargo area alone.
‘There are hundreds of airplanes that have been retired to sit in the deserts of California and are sold at the price of their principal raw material aluminium.’
Flying high: The plane was delivered to the top of a hill to create a 4,000 square-foot, eco-friendly living area
Scale: The size of the enormous wings is illustrated during the construction process by Mr Hertz in front
Special delivery: Some of the parts were flown to the top of the hill by helicopter
With a wing and a prayer: Parts of the plane being transported by truck to the hilltop location
After getting the okay from his female client, David bought an old 747 from a plane graveyard for $35,000. A new one would have cost a whopping $124million.
The project took 18 months to get off the ground while waiting for the government to okay the build.
During that time he also had to register the roof with the US Federal Aviation Administration so pilots flying overhead wouldn't mistake it as a downed aircraft.
Some of the house features include a 4,000sq ft living area, the plane's nose has been turned into a 45ft-high meditation pavilion complete with the cockpit for a skylight.
As well as the wings used to make the roof, stabilisers from the tail section make up the roof of the master bedroom and the fuselage makes up the kitchen and an art studio.
Transporting parts from the desert graveyard to Malibu meant the plane had to be chopped up and transported using helicopter.
It cost a staggering $8,000 an hour, which turned out to be a bargain compared to what would have been the cost of getting traditional labor and material to the site.
Before: The old 747 plane which was bought for $35,000 - a fraction of the cost of a $124m new one
Cut up: The plane was stripped into parts before being transported to Malibu
David added: ‘The 747 represents the single largest industrial achievement in modern history.
‘Its abandonment in the deserts makes a statement about the obsolescent nature of our technology and our society.
‘The recycling of the 4.5 million parts of this 'big aluminium can' is seen as an extreme example of sustainable reuse and appropriation.
‘American consumers and industry throw away enough aluminium in a year to rebuild our entire airplane commercial fleet every three months.’
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