INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

by , 08/25/15

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Inhabitat: You have plans to continue building structures on the property out of the rest of the plane. What do those plans consist of?

David: We designed several structures constructed from large sections of the fuselage for several buildings on the site. A guest house made from the upper shell of the first class mezzanine, or the “hump,” is planned, called the “fuseLODGE” Additional structures include a barn, art studio and caretaker’s house made from 55′ long sections of the fuselage as well as a meditation pavilion constructed from the entire nose cone and cockpit section.

Inhabitat: In the end, how much of the plane do you think will be upcycled into the home?

David: We used every part of the airplane fuselage in addition to the wings and tail section. Some of the mid section where the landing gear is stored was not able to be used.

Inhabitat: What is your favorite thing about the house?

David: I would like to think that people will see the project as a sublime sculptural and creative re- purposing rather then a folly. I am happy with the project in its entirety. The 3 sections of the wing house work as a singular sculptural work that is dynamic as one experiences it and my favorite part is probably the shape and resolution of the cut ends of the wings.

Inhabitat: Any plans for other homes using upcycled planes, trains or automobiles?

David: Over the years I have been interested in alternative ways to build that are less dependent on the consumption of raw materials extracted from the lithosphere. I completed a house in Venice beach made from pre-fabricated industrial foam and sheet metal panels typically used in industrial freezer buildings and I am interested in working with other discards from abandoned or under utilized infrastructure. I recently completed an automotive museum where we used car windshields to form the entry canopy. I am presently working on a house on a remote site in Nova Scotia where we are using old wooden boats referred to unfortunately as “cut ups.” We are barging them to the site, pulling them aground, turning them over and using the wooden hulls as roofs. Another project in process is a Marine Animal Rescue facility where I am considering using the steel hull of a large ship.

+ Studio of Environmental Architects/David Hertz Architects

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