Recycled 747 ‘Wing House’ Has Finally Landed in the Desert

Remember the beginnings remarkable rural rebuild from last year? It may be rather hard to forget: 4.5 million plane parts (or: 400,000 pounds of airplane) were transported by truck and helicopter, then turned into a unique desert dwelling – a feat finally completed last month.

First the plane was sliced into major sections, then moved by the best means possible to its destination – a hilltop location in Malibu surrounded by sparse rolling landscapes, perfect for wing-shaped roof forms.

Designed by David Hertz Architects, the new buildings (a main and guest residence pair) use the wings, stabilizers and more to enclose and shape spaces.

An art studio employs a 50-foot length of fuselage as its roof, while guest quarters use the first class cabin deck and other odds and ends, fitting in where they can.

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