Chicago Relocation

Sky High Living

September 30, 2013

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John D’Ambrogio

Some comments from Baird & Warner‘s Elizabeth McGrath

In 1992  Organ native Bruce Campbell brought a 727 plane not for flight but for shelter.  Currently the wingless aircraft  sits on Campbell’s 10 acre property as he transforms it into a habitable space.  Why?  Well as the airplane industry ages, more and more planes are retired from flight leaving literal tons of metal, carpet, glass, plastic, and rubber to sit and decay.  Campbell wanted to do something about that.

He’s not alone.  People are stripping apart retired panes and remodeling the leftover parts for furniture, novelty items, etc.  The most noteworthy projects are the ones that keep the plane’s skeleton, such as Campbell’s project.  Other skeleton examples include a plane boat capable of floating down a river, a restaurant where you can enjoy a romantic dinner in the cockpit, or a hotel where you can sleep in the canopy of the jungle.

Before you start to feel claustrophobic thinking of dining in the narrow, confined space of a plane take a look at this hotel.  The Coste Verde hotel in Costa Rica’s 727 Fuselage Home is a stunning example of luxurious, and spacious, plane living.  The lofted plane’s orange and white exterior is kept in tact as it sits high among the trees, wheels down ready to land.  The interior of the plane is floor to ceiling wood, highlighted by natural light from the rows of windows.  The two side balconies over each wing provide additional outdoor living space.  Yes it is a small, but when designed right  these planes are very livable.

There’s talk of entire renovated plane subdivisions.  Slightly Jetsons-like if you will.  The main problem is finding space for such a complex.  But if the right combination of land and developers are found the potential is there.  Who knows, maybe this is the next wave of housing trends.