Planned "Wing House" Is Made From A 747 Plane
Southern California is famous for interesting architecture but this may be one of the coolest ideas I've ever seen. Retiree Francie Rehwald wanted a unique home and so when her architect floated the idea to use a junked 747 as a house, she jumped on it. An article that first appeared in the Wall Street Journal profiles the project which fit in with Rehwald's eco-friendly bent since the home is basically post-consumer waste. It's not the first time a plane has been turned into a house but it may be the first high-end project to use a 747. The junked 747 planes sell for $70,000 to $100,000 and the pieces of the plane will be brought up to Rehwald's land in the Santa Monica mountains by helicopter. The plane will be used to create a compound of buildings. The wings will sit atop concrete walls and act as the roof of the multilevel main house. The nose will face upward and be turning into a meditation temple while the first class cabin will become an art studio. The plan is to use all of the pieces of the plane on the buildings. Because the plane will be scattered as if it were a crash site, the FAA has asked the architect, David Hertz, to paint special numbers on the wings so as to not freak out pilots in the sky. The surface of the plane will be dulled and the structure will be a low structure. Rehwald says that the budget for the home is $1.5 million but that it might go higher. You can read more about David Hertz and his other projects here. You can see more amazing pictures of the planned project at the Syndesis site.