Flew up two down! Pioneering architect builds house from Boeing 747!
An imaginative architect was flying high when he designed this mansion – made out of an AEROPLANE.
Pioneering David Hertz nabbed a scrap Boeing 747 for just £21,600 and used it to build this stunning house in the remote hills of Malibu, California.
David, from Los Angeles, was tasked by Francie Rehwald who wanted curves and feminine shapes for her dream house.
Francie interviewed 12 architects before deciding on David Hertz Architects, and spent 15 years searching the globe for the perfect piece of land.
All David had to do was look to the skies for his inspiration – coming up with the idea when he was on an aeroplane.
But it wasn’t all PLANE sailing for Francie.
The bold woman even had to get permission from 17 government agencies – including Homeland Security – to build the house, as from the sky it looks like a plane crash.
The retired Mercedes Benz dealer said: “I wanted something that was feminine.
“You might not think wings are feminine, but once they were detached from the place they really come into their own.
“They have such subtle curves.”
David’s brief was an economical, feminine house with a floating roof.
He said: “I was flying and looking out at the wing, thinking about what I could do to float a roof.
“Then it occurred to me, why try to build a wing when I can appropriate a wing?”
Francie – who refused to say exactly how much it cost to build, only hinting it was in the millions – added: “No one had ever built anything like this before.
“There were a lot of surprises that brought the cost up, but it’s just beautiful.”
The mansion sits on 55 acres and is 1,000 feet above sea level.
It used two Boeing wings and two tail fins, which were detached from the plane using the latest precision technology.
They were then transported to the mansion via helicopter, after having to close five freeways to get them partway there.
David said: “There was a lot of risk with the helicopter.
“It was clear when we were transporting the wings that if they started to turn or catch the wind, they would just drop them.”
Francie added: “Every day is a complete and utter joy and I feel so lucky.”