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Recycling an Airplane as a Residential Compound

David Hertz

America settentrionale | Malibù

High in the coastal mountains of southern California, a Boeing 747 has made its final landing. Its wings were cut in two and flown in by helicopter to this remote wilderness site, where they were re-assembled and craned onto a steel frame to serve as roofs for two residential structures. Eventually, the Wing House may be joined by a meditation pavilion in the nose cone, a guest house, art studio and animal barn in sections of the fuselage, and a viewing platform canopied by the tail, scattered around the 22-hectare ranch. It’s the creation of architect David Hertz, who has spent his 30 years of practice recycling industrial materials to conserve energy and natural resources. Giving new life to an airplane was a logical culmination of his earlier efforts. The commission came by chance. Francie Rehwald, a former Mercedes dealer with a taste for risk, acquired the ranch of the late Tony...

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