When the concept behind Wing House, a luxury home in Malibu built from the remnants of a retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet, surfaced a few years back most folks who got wind of the audacious project had a standard “yeah, right, I’d like to see that happen” type of reaction. Well, what do you know … Wing House is happening with construction underway and set to be completed by the end of this year.
Francie Rehwald, the eco-minded co-owner of a Mercedes Benz dealership, enlisted architect David Hertz
to build her a dream home in the hills of Malibu with a “curvilinear/feminine” shape.” Turns out, the best way to achieve that ladylike shape was with a roof made from an airplane wing. But Hertz didn’t stop there … he incorporated almost all
of the 4.5 million parts from an old 747 into the main residence and auxiliary structures. The diverted-from-landfill airplane scraps cost in the ballpark $35,000. The total cost to build the home will be much more although I'm guessing nowhere near as much as the cost for a new
747: $200 million.
Here’s exactly how
some of those 4.5 million 747 bits n’ pieces are being used:
The Main Residence will use both of the main wings as well as the 2 stabilizers from the tail section as a roof for the Master Bedroom. The Art Studio Building will use a 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage as a roof, while the remaining front portion of the fuselage and upper first class cabin deck will be used as the roof of the Guest House. The lower half of the fuselage, which forms the cargo hold, will form the roof of the Animal Barn. A Meditation Pavilion will be made from the entire front of the airplane at 28 feet in diameter and 45 feet tall; the cockpit windows will form a skylight. Several other components are contemplated for use in a sublime manner, which include a fire pit and water element constructed out of the engine cowling.
In addition to the fact that Wing House is built from 100 percent post-consumer waste, the home will also boast green specs like solar power, radiant heating, natural ventilation, and high performance heat mirror gazing.
As you can probably imagine, achieving take-off for Wing House wasn't exactly easy. While appeasing a HOA wasn't an issue (and Rehwald's neighbors don't seem to mind), the project had to be cleared by 17 different government agencies and approved by the FAA so pilots don't mistake the home for a downed aircraft.
Check out the below video for a tour of Wing House and interview with Rehwald.
Plane, sweet plane
A Malibu, Calif. resident with a lust for aviation and creative upcycling enlists an architect to transform a retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet into a hilltop dream