Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2009]
Would you like to live in an aeroplane?
They cheated a little by building a hut around it.
But it looks nice inside.
Origins: The three little pigs may have built their houses from straw, wood, and brick, but not everyone opts to be so conventional in constructing their homes. People have used such unusual materials as bottles, tires, and even trash in building their residences.
Vehicles formerly used as means of conveyance (e.g., buses, trains, trucks) are also commonly used in fashioning unique dwellings, as once they're stripped of seats and equipment they present ready-made, enclosed spaces (with windows) that are easily converted into rooms. The photographs displayed above show one example of such, an unconventional two-bedroom accommodation fashioned from an old
Although the presentation cited in the Example box above suggests this structure is a private house, it's actually an exclusive suite at the Hotel Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. (The photographs, snapped by Vincent Costello, are taken directly from the hotel's web site.) Costa Verde's
We salvaged this airframe, piece by piece, from its
The plane's interior is Costa Rican teak paneling from the cockpit to the tail. Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. Our 727 home features two air conditioned bedrooms
Our refurbished Boeing 727 home is not the only such dwelling in the world: We were inspired by a Forbes Magazine article about a company offering hurricane-proof living via surplus
Last updated: 13 August 2009
Sanati, Mercedeh. "Staying on the Edge: Hotels Deliver Strange Experiences." The Globe and Mail. 10 June 2009. The Telegraph. "Holidaymakers in Costa Rica Offered Hotel Suite in Boeing Aeroplane." 23 April 2009.