Shipping Container Design Is Now Built as a Home in the California Dessert

This office consisted of a cluster of angled shipping containers that was originally proposed for a German site by James Whitaker but not realised is now being built as home in the desert in California.

The photo renderings of the proposed home by the London-based designer show white cargo containers emerging from a rocky site, resembling a star burst.

The work is expected to start next year on the Joshua Tree Residence that was designed for one film producer and his wife who reside in LA.

An Unusual-Looking Home in the Middle of Nowhere?

The commission for the unusual home came after the client and his friends went to the Joshua Tree National Park in the south of California. The client has a 90-acre property near the wilderness preserve; around 3 hours drive from LA.

There, in the middle of the dessert, one of his friends said that something would look great here before she opened her laptop and showed them a photo she spotted online.

This photo was of an office that Whitaker designed several years ago but, he had never built of the Hechingen Studio. When the client was in London, they met up.

The film producer hired him to create a holiday dwell for the remote property with orange boulders and scraggly plants. The home will be placed on a sloped site.

How Does the House Look Like?

The containers remind to a starburst with cuboid forms pushing in all directions and the home is lifted using concrete columns.

The house spreads on 200 square meters and has a living room, kitchen, dining area, and three bedrooms.

The interior has concrete flooring, the walls are white, and the decor is minimal. The furniture is of plywood.

 The co-founder of the London-based engineering firm AKT II Albert Taylor helped provide the structural input during the development of the concept.