An upcycled aircraft becomes a unique Californian residence
In 2005, David Hertz Architects pulled the skeletal remains of a 747 from the Mojave Desert with the intention of giving it a new purpose. Inspired by the breathtaking views of his client’s property, Hertz came up with the idea of a floating, curved roof…for which an airplane wing was the perfect material. So the plane was selected, disassembled and shipped to its new resting place in Malibu. The architect used as much of the plane as possible, utilizing the wings for the roof, but also using other parts to construct the art studio, guesthouse and more. Above all, Hertz used the wing’s shape to take full advantage of the views. He even included elements of the wing on the exterior terrace, giving the impression of flying and creating a perfect tribute to the aircraft’s former life.