Joshua Tree Residence

Joshua Tree is a part of the world which is known for it’s barren, unforgiving but also breathtaking landscapes. Blossoming from the rugged terrain of the California desert, Whitaker Studio’s Joshua Tree Residence is taking shipping container architecture to the next level.

Situated on a 90-acre plot owned by a Los Angeles-based film producer, the house is a reconfiguration of an earlier concept by Whitaker Studio for an office building in Germany that was never realized. Set to begin construction in 2018, the home is laid out in a starburst of containers, each oriented to maximize views, provide abundant natural light or to create privacy dependent on their location and use.

Views are a chief consideration of the design process with this Joshua Tree Residence by the talented team at Whitaker Studio and each shipping container is orientated in such a way to make the most of the amazing views out across the desert. The property has three en-suite bedrooms alongside a kitchen and an incredibly spacious living room that is perfect for relaxing and unwinding out of the desert sun.

Inside, the 200sqm home will contain a kitchen, living room, dining area and three bedrooms, each filled with natural light from the angled container light monitors and furnished with pieces from designer/architect Ron Arad, Whitaker’s former employer. Off the back, two containers extend to meet the natural topography, creating a shielded outdoor area with a wooden deck and hot tub.

Exterior and interior surfaces will be painted a bright white to reflect light from the hot desert sun. A nearby garage will be clad in solar panels, providing all the power needed for the house.