Made from a retired Boeing 747, this airplane becomes a soaring hillside home.
This modern house in Malibu shows how architecturally stunning reuse can be. One of the many aircraft boneyards — where airplanes are taken when they’re retired from service — can be found in the Mojave Desert, where natural corrosion is reduced by the dry air. It is here where Francie Rehwald and her architect, David Hertz, traveled in 2005 to select a commercial Boeing 747 that would be transformed into a house in the hills above Malibu, California.
It was a relatively quick jump for Hertz from the initial sketches envisioning a curved ceiling to the reuse of airplane wings, but the house’s realization was a much longer process. Not only did the airplane have to be disassembled and shipped via trucks (necessitating closing parts of highways) and helicopters (to bring the 747 pieces those last few miles), but a number of government agencies had to sign off on the creative reuse of the Pan Am aircraft.
So five years after buying the airplane parts for $50,000, Rehwald can finally call the 747 Wing House home. This tour takes a look at the house from the outside to the inside, revealing how it is a unique bit of recycling in the landscape but also how it commands some amazing views of the same.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Francie Rehwald
Location: Malibu, California
Size: 4,700 square feet