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Wing House

Location: Malibu, Calif.

Plenty of retired airplanes have been converted into small living spaces that fall somewhere on the spectrum between a camper and a railroad apartment, but this structure by David Hertz Architects Studio of Environmental Architecture takes airplane living to a new level.

Wing House reuses the wings of a 747 for the roof of a modern residential compound on 55 hilly acres. The design team realized that retired airplanes were located in-state and were sold at the price of aluminum, their main material. “As we analyzed the cost, it seemed to make more sense to acquire an entire airplane and to use as many of the components as possible, like the Native American Indians used every part of the buffalo,” it says the firm's website. Therefore, the property is to consist of several structures all made with components and pieces of a Boeing 747-200 aircraft.” Thus, an art studio on the property uses a section of fuselage for the roof, while the former upper first class cabin deck was turned into a guest house, and another part was used for the barn roof.

The completed house is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, so that pilots flying over it don’t mistake it for a plane crash site.