David Hertz-designed 747 House in Malibu Finally CompleteAuthor:Marissa Gluck
This house has been a long time coming – a Malibu mansion constructed from the fuselage of a 747 plane was first reported on back in 2006. Fast forward five years and the home, designed by architect David Hertz, is finally complete. While the FAA had expressed some concern about the broken pieces of a 747 scattered along the ground terrifying passengers flying into LAX, the structure doesn’t look much like a crashed plane.
The house sits atop a hill in Malibu, on the site of artist and designer Tony Duquette’s old compound, previously destroyed in a fire in the early 1990’s.
The Wing House, as its now called, is 4,000 square feet and made from a plane that was 230 feet long, 195 feet wide and 63 feet tall. The raw material in the plane help build much of the home such as the wings and tail section used as roofing elements.
The fuselage is also used in the art studio, guest house and an animal barn on the property. Even the cockpit was put to good use as a “meditation pavilion.”
While the materials were somewhat inexpensive – the 4.5 million parts used cost about $35,000 from what was originally a $200 million dollar plane – construction costs had to be hefty. To build the home, 17 different government agencies were involved at some point. Additionally, many of the parts had be brought in via helicopter and crane, and five major freeways were closed to ship pieces by road.
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