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Amazing House Built Using A Boeing 747

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Hidden away in the Santa Monica Mountains, the 747 Wing House truly is one of a kind. Step inside an award-winning home created using the most unthinkable re-used building material – a disused Boeing 747.

After a 15-year search for the right plot of land, owner Francie spent US$50,000 on a de-commissioned Boeing 747, rescued from a graveyard of retired aeroplanes in the Californian desert.

Using precision laser technology, the wings and tail fins were removed and used to create the roofs of this unconventional home, dubbed the 747 Wing House. The spectacular finished house cost “millions and millions” of dollars to complete, says owner Francie. It’s eco-friendly and features two bedrooms, as well as a guest house.

The 747 wings are the perfect curvilinear design to float on top of the 2 buildings, providing an aluminium roof that requires minimal structural support. Panoramic glass facades maximise the stunning Los Angeles views and allow light to enter the living spaces.

It was the brainchild of Californian architect David Hertz. The biggest challenge Francie and David had to face was transporting the wings of the 747 to the 55-acre plot at this remote mountainside location.


It required a state patrolled escort, the closure of five Californian freeways and drafting in one of the largest cargo lifting helicopters in the world for the final leg of the journey. The result is a phenomenal yet tranquil home which floats effortlessly above the hills of Malibu, in true homage to its roots.

Profile of David Hertz

David Hertz is founder and president of S.E.A. David is a native Angeleno born in 1960 and resides in Venice, California. He became interested in architecture as an adolescent.

And, at an early age, became interested in human habitation and the juncture between the natural and built environment. Serving as an apprentice to artists and working in construction trades gave David a tacit knowledge of construction and fabrication. With combined studies at UCLA, he enrolled at SCI-ARC (The Southern California Institute of Architecture), where there was a real interest in ecological design at the time.

While there he obtained a strong foundation in pragmatic environmental design. Before graduating, in 1983, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from SCI-ARC, David worked in the office of Architect, John Lautner FAIA (formerly an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright). After travel and study in Europe, David returned to serve an internship in the office of Frank O. Gehry and Associates FAIA before opening his own firm, Syndesis Inc., in 1984.

David Hertz and the work of Syndesis has been widely exhibited and published and has received numerous awards for architectural and materials design work, including the 1990 Progressive Architecture Magazine’s Young Architects Competition, the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architects Competition and Forum, and the 1993 Design Leadership Award sponsored by Inc. Magazine and Corporate Design.

Recently, his work was featured in several architectural tours including CABoom, Venice Art Walk, AIA Home Tour, and the Reinvention Conferences.  It has been published in architectural publications such as Dwell and Global Architecture.  The International Design Awards presented David Hertz with a Gold award for his 747 Wing House in 2012.  In 2008, David was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects as the youngest member in its 152 year history.

Many of David Hertz’s furniture pieces are displayed in significant private and museum collections. In May 1995 the Syndecrete® product was included in an exhibition entitled “Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design,” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was subsequently acquired as part of the Permanent Design Collection.

In 1998 Syndecrete® was exhibited at The Smithsonian Museum of American History in an exhibition entitled “Inventing for the Environment.”  Most recently, Syndecrete® and David’s architecture were featured in the exhibit “Liquid Stone” at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.  In 2003, David won an award for Excellence in Concrete from the Oregon Chapter of the American Concrete Institute. Syndesis has won many additional national, state and local awards, including the AIA Service Award for Craftsmanship and the Sunset Magazine and AIA California Western Home Award.



Professional Degree: Bachelor of Architecture, SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) 1983

SCI-ARC, Vico Morcote: European Study/Travel Program, Ticino, Italy 1982

Undergraduate Studies: U.C.L.A. Extension and Santa Monica College. Fine ArtsFaculty: Instructor SCI-Arc’s Professional Development Program 1992-94

Faculty: Instructor and Guidance committee member U.C.L.A. Extension Architecture and Interior Design program. 1994-Present

Faculty: National Sustainable Building Advisors

Guest Lecturer: UCLA Introduction to Architecture class 1995-Present

Guest Lecturer: SCI-Arc Thesis Reviews 1984-Present

USC School of Architecture – Faculty


Founded new studio, S.E.A., 2007

Founder, Syndesis, Inc./ David Hertz AIA Architects 1984

Frank O. Gehry and Associates, FAIA, Venice, California, 1983-1984

John Lautner, FAIA, Hollywood, California, 1979-1982

Harshbargar Construction Corporation, Mammoth Lakes, California, 1978-1979

Robert Bridges, AIA Architect and General Contractor, Los Angeles, California, 1977-1978

G.M. Shaw Design, West Los Angeles, California, 1977

Michael Swimmer ASLA, Landscape Architect, Los Angeles, California, 1976


Member of Advisory board of the Sustainable Surf Organization

Member, College of Fellows of the American Institute of ArchitectsLEED Certified ProfessionalArchitect, State of California Lic. #C25190

Member, AIA (American Institute of Architects) Since 1983Component Member, LA/AIA C.O.T.E. (Committee on the Environment)

General Contractor, California Lic. # 596737Member, ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility)

Member, BSR (Businesses for Social Responsibility)

Member, California Energy Commission, High Performance Wall Systems Collaborative

Member, CSI (Construction Specifications Institute)Member, CTI (Ceramic Tile Institute)

Member, ECCO (Environmental Council of Concrete Organization)Member, USGB (U.S. Green Building Council)

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