David Hertz's Non-Toxic Homes

Site-specific designs and post-consumer materials have led the Venice-based architect to craft a roof out of an airplane's wing.

By Amber Bravo

Hertz's Wing House is currently under construction in the Santa Monica Mountains

Everything Hertz designs and builds embodies the spirit of his childhood, with influences including anything from surfing to backpacking to pouring molten metal into an empty pool to make sculptures. It’s all about “mining the creative potential of materials and repurposing them in disparate ways, and rethinking the way buildings are made,” he says. Indeed, gas-guzzling 747s are not often viewed as harbingers of sustainability. But in the hands of an innovator like Hertz, wings once again embody the spirit of ingenuity and progress they offered when they first streaked across the sky.

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never have commented before - I mostly agree with what I see - however this Hertz house is over the pale! - Once upon a time I lived in LA - how did Hertz ever get a permit for a "scrap roof" for LA county? - I don't buy sustainable at 55 acre sites and 30 grand roofs - sustainable for who?? now here's one - try a house for family of 5 on a 1/4 acre lot that produces 100% of power and most of their food for $30,000 - That's sustainable!

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