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Plane Homey...

...in a house made from a 747.

It's a sensible approach to recycling the metal from an old airliner - use the body and wings to build a house. The wings alone make a rather effective roof (as anyone who's sheltered under a plane at an airshow can testify...).
The client, a woman, requested curvilinear/feminine shapes for the building. The progenitor of the building’s form was envisioned as a floating curved roof. It soon became apparent, that in fact, an airplane wing itself could work. In researching airplane wings and superimposing different airplane wing types on the site to scale, The wing of a 747, at over 2,500 sq. ft., became an ideal configuration to maximize the views and provide a self supporting roof with minimal additional structural support needed.
They ended up buying an entire airliner, and then dismembering it, with several components being used in one piece - the nose becoming a meditation temple...
Link found via the BBC


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Apr. 20th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Gnash! I was just about to post the same link myself!

(Incidentally, can you see where in the CAD image of the finished house the nose is located? I can see the upper half of the fuselage, but of course that's not the same thing at all...)
Apr. 20th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thanks! I just sent this link off to our architect friend in Santa Cruz. Very wild!
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