You’ve probably seen people turn aircraft into restaurants, houses, hotels, and more.
What if the Boeing 737 MAX became a residential complex tower?
In a proposed design by Victor Hugo Azevedo and Cheryl Lu Xu which won “honorable mention” for the 2020 Skyscraper Competition, they created a concept using the grounded Boeing 737 MAXs to create housing units for people.
If (which is an unlikely if) the 737 MAX never flies again, they’ll have over 200 complete aircraft sitting around. While Boeing could scrap these and sell their parts, they could become houses for “younger veterans”.
Named the “Max Tower”, the complex features numerous amenities:
The Max Tower not only provides comfortable and convenient living experiences for the veterans but also offers a variety of centrally located on-site amenities that take care of the veterans’ physical and mental well-being, as well as their social needs. Veterans have easy access to mental and physical health care such as private counseling, group therapy, fitness center, on-site clinic, as well as physical therapy that would cater to the special needs of everyone. Pet companionship, STEM and vocational training, as well as community activities, are also in place to facilitate veterans’ smooth transition back to civilian life.
The creators’ reasoning behind this project:
If airplanes are buildings that fly, our response is to use decommissioned airframes as a ready-made building unit. Airplane fuselages are already structurally sound, waterproof and insulated. Our idea is to leverage the architectural potential of the airplane and give it a second life as a skyscraper. More than just a single iconic tower, our design is intended to be a provocative yet replicable building system that can be applied in many different contexts. And with a global fleet of 26,000 airplanes and an expected growth to 34,000 by the next decade, there will be no lack of building materials by the time these airplanes are retired.
The full concept: http://www.evolo.us/the-boeing-737-max-tower/
Obviously, there’s no guarantee this will come into fruition. However, the conceptual thought of it is interesting. Even though the 737 MAX will likely return to service, this design could be used in the future with different aircraft.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to live in a “Max Tower”?