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747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects

  • 01:00 - 7 September, 2011
747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects
747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects

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From the architect. Inspired by the remote hills of this Malibu property, David Hertz Architects wanted to come up with a design for this home that allow for unobstructed views of the beautiful mountain ranges surrounding the site. With the architects' goal of incorporating found objects into their design and the homeowner's vision of a floating, curved roof, the idea of using airplane wings as roof material surfaced. After conducting more research, it was decided that airplane wings would be ideal for maximizing the views from the home.

By incorporating many of the existent retaining walls, the architects were able to keep the multi-level structure and minimize any additional impact to the existing topography and landscape. The home has rammed-earth walls that were cut into the hillside as well as strong concrete walls to support the roof. Simple steel brace frames allow the roof to "float" above the rest of the structure, while self-supporting glass walls give the homeowner spectacular views overlooking the city of Malibu.

Because the roof material was obtained from planes that had been retired to sit in the deserts of California, the architects were able to purchase the parts they needed at the low price of their raw material, aluminum. Although the pieces had to be flown in by helicopter, this method of transportation was a reasonable alternative considering the high cost of getting traditional labor and materials to the site.

The architects purchased the entire plane and used as many components as possible in the design, so as to not waste more than was necessary. The cockpit windows of the plane were reconstructed into a skylight, the home's fire pit was crafted from the engine cowling and the first class cabin deck was made into the roof of the guest house. All of the plane parts came from a Boeing 747-200 aircraft.

The 747 represented the single largest industrial achievement in modern history and its abandonment in the desert makes a statement about the obsolescence and ephemeral nature of our technology and our society. As a structural and engineering achievement, the aircraft encloses a lot of space using the least amount of materials in a very resourceful and efficient manner. The recycling of the 4.5 million parts of the plane is seen as an extreme example of sustainable reuse and appropriation.

Cite: "747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects" 07 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/165172/747-wing-house-david-hertz-architects/>
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Krishnan Gorur · October 15, 2013

I was fascinated by French Architect, Le Corbusier in the 1960s and studied Architecture and Town planning in my native India and later taught at New Delhi's School of Planning and Architecture but even before my undergraduate degree, learned to fly with a Private Pilot's license. While traveling in the Middle-east through Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, I had come across several instances where an innovative shack had been built by unskilled, often homeless folks using the materials salvaged from downed war planes. That was 45 years back. This beautiful house reminds me of not only the imaginative skills of trained architects but also the indomitable spirit of the homeless to craft shelters out of enduring materials salvaged from anywhere! It is truly inspiring to witness human ingenuity across cultures, both advanced as well as primitive.

junya watanabe · May 08, 2012

@kiku5445 http://t.co/1FgCsvri ???????...?????????????????????????

Lane Musgrave · April 28, 2012

Came across a ridiculous house in Malibu that uses 747 wings. Unreal. @johndenapoli @lanemusgrave http://t.co/1xbAmaDZ

Brandon Mermelstein · April 28, 2012

Came across a ridiculous house in Malibu that uses 747 wings. Unreal. @johndenapoli @lanemusgrave http://t.co/1xbAmaDZ

john tannehill · January 17, 2012

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Jacob Winfield · January 17, 2012

house made with airplane wing http://t.co/0SwYePgz

Miguel Pereira · December 31, 2011

The 747 house by David Hertz Architects http://t.co/AuuY6yg5

?????????? · December 08, 2011

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Jame Price · October 29, 2011

“@tanksley: Now that is adaptive reuse! Headed to Hartsfield to stake my claim. http://t.co/WRxKEmrI @plethoraapp”// Grab me 2 off a 747 pls

Scott Tanksley · October 29, 2011

Now that is adaptive reuse! Headed to Hartsfield to stake my claim. http://t.co/sGauNOfk @plethoraapp

Eric Crabtree · September 20, 2011

I am impressed with thisdesign http://t.co/9Nq2vaIi @plethoraapp

Dan Atchison · September 20, 2011

747 Wing House // I wanna live here. The roof is the wing of a 747. - http://t.co/wlLOJZpl #fb

Alexandre Viveiros · September 13, 2011

http://ht.ly/6srDv 747 Wing House / David Hertz Architects. // Muito legal! muito mesmo!

Ryan Duffy · September 13, 2011

http://t.co/ot4kKnZ A house utilizing a scrapped 747 for materials. A little contrived, but still interesting.

Jon MacDonald · September 10, 2011

Today&#39s Modern Architecture #WANT: http://t.co/3LaIDBz Airplane wing as a roof? Cool idea.

philip singleton · September 08, 2011

Awesome. RT @nicholaspatten: 747 Wing House. http://t.co/KIWwRtl

Richard Downer · September 08, 2011

Awesome architectural idea... 747 Wing House. http://t.co/7yaiYcU

Paul Arthur · September 08, 2011

Awesome architectural idea... 747 Wing House. http://t.co/7yaiYcU

Lee Kemp · September 08, 2011

Awesome. RT @nicholaspatten: 747 Wing House. http://t.co/KIWwRtl

Nicholas Patten · September 08, 2011

747 Wing House. http://t.co/x5YFeI8

Ed Nix · September 08, 2011

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Centurión Bertorello · September 08, 2011

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Knut Eric Wingsch · September 08, 2011

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Eric Vikre · September 08, 2011

http://t.co/4KwEhqk via @archdaily <--This was one of my case studies from a class over a year ago. Great seeing it completed!

Ji?í Jánský · September 08, 2011

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Shawna(Sam)Van Aert · September 08, 2011

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Pedro D. Munoz Jr. · September 08, 2011

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Herman · September 07, 2011

Very original, but I wonder about thermal breaks and condensation.

Peter Teunissen · September 07, 2011

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Tricia Hanley · September 07, 2011

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ryan lovett · September 07, 2011

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Christian Magno · September 07, 2011

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David · September 07, 2011

Amazingly cool.

Guido Schröpel · September 07, 2011

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Marcos Almeida · September 07, 2011

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Jonathan Bowman · September 07, 2011

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Kimanhi Bolden · September 07, 2011

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archtist · September 07, 2011

Very inspiring. That's what architecture is all about...

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