For the vast majority of us, returning home to discover a Boeing 747’s wing where our roof should be would prompt immediate phone calls to our insurance company and silent prayers that we didn’t miss a “We don’t cover acts of God” proviso in the small print.
Still, the vast majority of us don’t own a 23-hectare (55-acre) plot of land in the remote hills of Malibu, California. That’s the location of the Wing House, designed by David Hertz Architects and built out of a decommissioned passenger jet (seen being dismantled, top left).
The main residence takes both wings and stabilisers from the tail and repurposes them as the master bedroom’s roof. There’s also an art studio that makes similar use of a 50ft-long section of the upper fuselage.
But it’s not just about laying scraps of the 747 over prefab structures. A 45ft-tall meditation room is being constructed out of the cockpit, while both a fire pit (top right) and a water feature have been built out of the engine cowling. Most of the plane will be used in some capacity.
In fact, if you’re interested in doing something similar, scrap planes can be picked up for under $50k (£31k) from aviation graveyards in the Californian desert. Although the hourly rate for delivering the parts via helicopter — the architects paid a cool $8k (£5k) for every 60 minutes — might prove a little more restrictive.
Especially if you’re expecting to make multiple transatlantic trips back and forth.