There are a ton of combos that go together really well, such as cheese and wine. Another is being an architect and creativity, and I don’t think you’ll see a better example of this statement this week than this middle-of-the-desert house… made of shipping containers!
Yes, this house is definitely real and it’s the work of London-based architect and designer James Whitaker. The home spans over 2,150 feet and is located in the middle of nowhere, which is just another way of saying Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California.
“Earlier this year my client in LA had some friends visiting and, having a little time to spare, they all went on a road trip to visit the client’s plot of land in Joshua Tree,” said James.
This home is called the Joshua Tree Residence and it was built on the client’s 90 acre land located in the national park, and construction of the place is scheduled to begin next year. It’s based on a design that James worked on years ago but never actually built.
Since it’s in the middle of the desert, the entire residence will be solar powered and it will offer stunning views of the surrounding area.
I know the idea itself sounds like utter lunacy, but take a close look at what the house is set to look like and you might change your mind.
“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.” James also said regarding the house.
The inside of the house is planned to be fully featured.
The 2152 sq ft home will feature three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, along with solar panels atop the garage that will power the entire home, as said previously.
The original office design James made has been altered slightly, and the placement of the containers has been changed so that depending on the room’s purpose, it could either provide a great view or increased privacy.
Because James, alongside being a trained architect is a photographer and graphic designer, he has been able to make some truly amazingly high quality and intricate renders of the home, and it makes me think twice about disliking the idea of living in a shipping container in the middle of nowhere.
The dining room
Would you ever live in a home like this? Share your thoughts on the Joshua Tree Residence in the comments!