Architecture and luxury living has taken flight: perched on an emerald Malibu ridge is an aviation design feat, a glass house hung from the wings of a Boeing 747. LA-based architect David Hertz has been re-imagining recycled materials and found objects for nearly 20 years, but it wasn’t until retired luxury car dealer Francie Rehwald approached him in 2008 that he was able to polish and shine a real diamond in the rough.
Revered for its unique architecture fashioned from post-consumer waste, the 747 Wing House is a spectacle of innovative design and purpose. Hertz designed a 4,700 square-foot three level glass castle from a 1970 Boeing 747 that Ms. Rehwald found at a scrapyard for $35,000.00. Hertz and his Studio of Environmental Architects team suspended the wings as roofs for each of the three tiers, and trellised the fuselage and cockpit throughout the guest quarters, meditation pavillion, barn and art studio.
The property was formerly owned by famed set designer, Tony Duquette, who had his own knack for building things from recycled materials. Hertz and Rehwald were excited to mantle her home with wings in this location and sited Duquette as inspiration for their reinterpreted scrap metal dwelling. In efforts to further minimize the carbon footprint, all the parts of the home came from reclaimed objects or prefabricated materials and draws its energy from solar power, radiant heating and natural ventilation. With a clear vision of sustainability and conservation, Hertz and Rehwald are revered for their remarkable transformation of an abandoned aircraft into this dramatic home in the clouds.