Jul 16, 2012
Built from a decommissioned airliner, the futuristic Malibu mansion's floating roof is made out of the airplane's wings.
The owner commissioned architect David Hertz to build a home with curvilinear/feminine shapes. A permanent 'window seat' over Shangri-La is the result.
Costing less than a mobile home, the retired plane was dismantled and transported to the Malibu home site, where the airplane parts were recycled and reused for construction.
The 747 Wing House utilizes solar power, radiant heating, natural ventilation and high performance heat mirror glazing.
With views of the mountains, the ocean and the islands, the new 747 Wing House is jaw-dropping when seen in person and it exquisitely exemplifies resourceful California creativity.
Located high on a ridge, evening views of the home at sunset are like flying in an airplane as the sun goes down into the Southern California surf.
The retired 747 was registered after purchase with the FAA, so pilots flying overhead would not mistake the house for a downed aircraft.
The 230-foot long, 195-foot wide airliner was disassembled, then the 747's wings were elevated and tail stabilizers were used as a roof for the master bedroom.
A roof was created for a detached art studio from a 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage. The guesthouse roof was constructed from the remaining front part of the fuselage and the upper first-class cabin.
The front of the airplane serves as a meditation gazebo, where the cockpit windows form a skylight. The cargo hold is now an animal barn.
The Malibu 747 Wing House took shape in stages over time on the 55-acre hilltop Malibu view property.
Owner Francie Rehwald had initially imagined a kind of floating roof set among the hills, so an airplane wing sprang to architect David Hertz’s mind.
Hertz and his team at Studio of Environmental Architects made use of the whole 747 plane including the wings, the fuselage, and cockpit to build the main house, guest quarters, meditation pavilion, barn and art studio.
Francie Rehwald's unique home, along with the history of its design and construction, can be seen in the video below.
The historical industrial achievement of the 747, and its abandonment in the desert, made a statement on the nature of modern technology and society.
The airplane was like a giant aluminum can ready for recycling.
The former aircraft will now enjoy a heavenly afterlife as the newest iconic symbol of California.
Malibu 747 Wing House