An Architect-Designed Shipping Container Home in California That’s as Beautiful Inside As It Is Out
Have you ever been on vacation to the dessert and been inspired to not only move there, but to build a shipping container home there? It may sound like just a dream (or nightmare) to you, at least until you see the stunning shipping container house design created by London architect James Whitaker.
The approximately 2100-square-foot home is made from several shipping containers, joined together at various angles to resemble a blooming flower or maybe even an out-of-this-world orb. The home features three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room.
How did this striking home design come to be? A few years ago, Whitaker, who is also a photographer and digital artist, designed an office constructed from shipping containers jutting out like a starburst. The design was gorgeous, but was never built. Then this year, an LA-based client of Whitaker’s, a film producer, had some friends visiting. Whitaker says, “having a little time to spare, they all went on a road trip to visit the client’s plot of land in Joshua Tree. One of the friends said, ‘you know what would look great here?’ before opening her laptop to show everyone a picture she’d seen on the internet. The picture was of an office that I’d designed several years ago but had never been built, so the next time the client was in London he got in touch and asked to meet up.”
The results: The home has been named The Joshua Tree Residence and is now planned for construction in 2018 on a rugged 90-acre California mountainside plot belonging to the client. The Joshua Tree Residence will serve as a vacation home for the client and his wife. The house, in addition to its unusual and exquisite architectural features, will give the residents stunning views of the surrounding dessert from the many windows and large deck. The home will be powered by solar panels on the garage roof. The shipping containers will be painted white to give the home a clean, modern look. The original design (models of which can be seen in the gallery) has been altered slightly to maximize either the view or privacy for the clients.
Believe it or not, the images below are not actually photographs—they’re high-quality renders created digitally by Whitaker.