By now there’s plenty of evidence that shipping containers can make for some absolutely beautiful residences, but in case you’re not hip to how cool it can actually be to live inside of the bulky structures, have a look-see at this concept shipping container home in Joshua Tree, California and try not to marvel at the modern, sleek renderings.
Although it’s likely to be the oddball of the desert backdrop, this standout industrial-inspired home London designer James Whitaker created for a Los Angeles film producer and his wife can more than hold its own against other unique vacation residences that dot the remote landscape.
“While there, in the middle of this rocky desert, one of the friends said, ‘You know what would look great here?’, before opening her laptop to show everyone a picture she had spotted on the internet,” Whitaker told Dezeen of the idea behind the design. “The picture was of an office that I’d designed years ago but had never been built – Hechingen Studio. The next time the client was in London, we met up.”
Construction on 2,153 square feet stark white shipping container home is set to begin next year. Once complete, the structure will be strategically nestled between boulders and the sparse desert greenery on a sloped site. Aside from its bright white hue, the orientation of the containers is perhaps what’s most eye-catching about the home. Individual pieces branch off into different directions, making each elongated container appear like ribbed, white extensions that all connect to a central base. Concrete support columns will elevate the home a few feet above the ground.
On the other hand, the plans for the interior are relatively simple. Whitaker plans to add a pop of color to the open, white-walled space with orange furniture by Israeli designer Ron Arad. Square windows will offer stunning views and faceted ceilings will tower above the home’s living room, kitchen, dining area and three bedrooms. There are also plans to build a carport that will be equipped with solar panels and a wooden deck with plenty of space for seating options and a hot tub.