747 Wing House, Pacific Ocean Residence, Malibu Real Estate
The 747 Wing House : Malibu Residence
Malibu Home, California, USA – design by Studio of Environmental Architecture
20 Dec 2011
The 747 Wing House
Design: Studio of Environmental Architecture – David Hertz Architects Inc
Photos: Carson Leh & Laura Doss
Pacific Ocean Residence
This project exists on a 55-acre property in the remote hills of Malibu with unique topography and panoramic views looking out to a nearby mountain range, a valley, and the Pacific Ocean with islands in the distance.
The roofs of the home are made from the wings of a scrap 747-200. The Main Residence uses both of the main wings as well as the 2 stabilizers from the tail section as a roof for the Master Bedroom. The site was previously owned and developed by the eccentric designer Tony Duquette who developed over 21 unique structures incorporating found objects from all over the world. In 1995, the Malibu fire destroyed all but a few steel “Pagoda”-like structures.
When I first visited the site I was struck by the fantastic views but also the creativity by which Duquette appropriated found objects and made them look as if they were originally crafted like traditional indigenous structures. In researching aircrafts we began to realize that there are hundreds of airplanes that have been retired to sit in the deserts of California and are sold at the price of their principal raw material, aluminum. The idea of utilizing recycled components and appropriating them in creative new ways was certainly consistent with the existing context of the Duquette structures.
Additionally, incorporating prefabricated lightweight components off site and delivering them to the remote site via helicopter, although at a cost of $8,000/hr. became realistic after considering the cost of getting traditional labor and material to the site.
Studio of Environmental Architecture – S.E.A.
The 747 Wing House images / information from Studio of Environmental Architecture / David Hertz Architects Inc
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