Where do 747s go when they die? In this particular case: Malibu, to become a luxury home. And that's not just a flight of fancy - the construction is on pace to be completed later this year. A closer look:
A brand new Boeing 747 will set you back $US200 milllion, but it turns out the scraps go for about $US35,000 - relatively economical given the scale of the project. And architect David Hertz made sure to use every part of the buffalo:
The Main Residence will use both of the main wings as well as the 2 stabilizers from the tail section as a roof for the Master Bedroom. The Art Studio Building will use a 50-foot long section of the upper fuselage as a roof, while the remaining front portion of the fuselage and upper first class cabin deck will be used as the roof of the Guest House. The lower half of the fuselage, which forms the cargo hold, will form the roof of the Animal Barn. A Meditation Pavilion will be made from the entire front of the aeroplane at 28 feet in diameter and 45 feet tall; the cockpit windows will form a skylight. Several other components are contemplated for use in a sublime manner, which include a fire pit and water element constructed out of the engine cowling.
Not to mention the roof aeroplane wings. I'm assuming they also got to keep the drink cart to use as a... drink cart.
It's not just a fun way to make a house - although it certainly is that. It's also a great sustainability project. The 747 comprises 4.5 million parts that would've ended up junked somewhere. Instead they'll be a Mercedes dealership owner's domicile. Not that using planes for homes will take off as a trend. But any time we can recycle on a large scale, I'm for it. Especially if it results in a fuselage gazebo. [Studio EA via Fox DC]