Aircraft Fuselages Become Library

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Theyíve been turned into homes, restaurants and businesses, but a New York firm has found a more scholarly use for discarded aircraft fuselages. LOT-EK, which is described as "urban architect recyclers," has designed a library in Guadalajara, Mexico, made entirely out of the aluminum tubes. Now itís not clear whether the books are stored in the seatbacks or whether the overhead storage compartments come into play, but LOT-EK says the fuselages make a good building. "The fuselage becomes the basic module of this building. It is insulated and furnished according to the program. The internal subdivision generated by the existing floor joists is used to respond to functional needs," Avionews quotes the company as saying. And airplane fuselages are cheap. Itís not worth salvaging them for the aluminum so there are thousands stored in the deserts of the U.S. Southwest.