It's been a loooong time since we checked on architect David Hertz's Wing House in Malibu, which is being made out of a whole 747 jet, "like the Native American Indians used every part of the buffalo," he says. A Washington, DC news station checked out the construction, which is scheduled to be completed this year--the owner hopes to move in in about three months. The 4.5 million parts of the plane only cost about $35,000 (the plane originally cost $200 million), but how does one get a 747 to the Malibu mountains? Practice? Well, first you get clearance from 17 government agencies. Then some parts are brought in by helicopter and crane, and five major freeways are closed for the stuff coming by road.
And here's where all that buffalo went, via Hertz's website: "The Main Residence will use both of the main wings as well as the 2 stabilizers from the tail section as a roof for the Master Bedroom. The Art Studio Building will use a 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage as a roof, while the remaining front portion of the fuselage and upper first class cabin deck will be used as the roof of the Guest House. The lower half of the fuselage, which forms the cargo hold, will form the roof of the Animal Barn. A Meditation Pavilion will be made from the entire front of the airplane at 28 feet in diameter and 45 feet tall; the cockpit windows will form a skylight."
Incidentally, the house is built on the site of designer Tony Duquette's eclectic Epcot-esque estate, which burnt down in the nineties.
· Architect Designs New Home from Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Scraps [myfoxdc]
· WING HOUSE [Studio of Environmental Architecture]
· Extreme Environmentalism: Wing House in Malibu [Curbed LA]