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Check Out The Geometric Insanity Of The Aviator's Villa

Taking inspiration from your line of work for the architectural outline of a new home may not seem too exciting if you sell insurance or collect trash, but when you're a pilot, things can get interesting. Want proof? Take a walk through the Aviator's Villa in upstate New York.

Evoking an angular abstract sculpture at first glance, the wildly modern pad — designed for a retired pilot by the firm Urban Office Architecture — is actually a riff on the idea of flight, meant to appear as though it's floating through air like an aircraft. And when you take a closer look, it really does.

With a swimming pool on one side and a lake on the other, it's almost as though you're flying overseas... on a flight that never actually lands. Come to think of it, that would be totally awful.

Although being stuck in here really wouldn't be so bad. Each of the three primary connected spaces features soaring ceilings of 30 to 40 feet. The living room and kitchen area (above) could pass for the atrium of an art museum.

And the library is out of control.

It's the perfect showcase for an impressive model plane collection, and hell, there's probably even enough airspace in here to get one flying.

The cantilevered master bedroom sits off to one side above the library, like it's own floating sunsoaked sleep pod. Waking up here on the daily wouldn't suck.

To get up there you must ascend a "monumental" staircase, which provides access to a few smaller hidden open-air spaces contained within spectacular geodesic windows.

The aviation inspiration extends all the way to the carport, which's tucked beneath the raised patio platform and resembles a smallish airplane hangar, with room for a couple vehicles and some storage.


Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He hates flying, but loves this house.