The phenomenal Californian house built using a Boeing 747

Hidden away in the Santa Monica Mountains, the 747 Wing House truly is one of a kind.

Step inside an award-winning home created using the most unthinkable re-used building material - a disused Boeing 747.

After a 15-year search for the right plot of land, owner Francie spent US$50,000 on a de-commissioned Boeing 747, rescued from a graveyard of retired aeroplanes in the Californian desert.

Using precision laser technology, the wings and tail fins were removed and used to create the roofs of this unconventional home, dubbed the 747 Wing House.

Astonishingly, there was a real risk that pilots could confuse it for a downed plane, so the project had to be cleared with 17 government agencies, including Homeland Security.

The spectacular finished house cost "millions and millions" of dollars to complete, says owner Francie. It's eco-friendly and features two bedrooms, as well as a guest house.

The 747 wings are the perfect curvilinear design to float on top of the 2 buildings, providing an aluminium roof that requires minimal structural support.

Panoramic glass facades maximise the stunning Los Angeles views and allow light to enter the living spaces.

It was the brainchild of Californian architect David Hertz.

The biggest challenge Francie and David had to face was transporting the wings of the 747 to the 55-acre plot at this remote mountainside location.

It required a state patrolled escort, the closure of five Californian freeways and drafting in one of the largest cargo lifting helicopters in the world for the final leg of the journey.

The result is a phenomenal yet tranquil home which floats effortlessly above the hills of Malibu, in true homage to its roots.

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All images via David Hertz Architects Inc FAIA


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