A few years back James Whitaker, founder of London-based Whitaker Studio, designed a special office space crafted from shipping containers, but the project was never built. However, in recent years the concept caught the eye of Chris Hanley, the film producer behind the cult-classic American Psycho, who thought it would be perfect to transform into his very own holiday home in Joshua Tree, California. And so the idea for Joshua Tree Residence was born.



The plans for the bespoke home see it positioned on Hanley’s 90-acre plot in the Southern California desert, with the white splayed shipping containers sat in a small gully created by stormwater. The residence spans 2,000 square-feet, containing three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and a garage topped with collar panels that power the house.




Every detail of the house has been carefully considered, as Whitaker has also accounted for the area’s wind direction to use the house as a barrier and to create a private space for a hot tub to be nestled into the hillside. Each container is orientated to maximise views across the landscape or to use the topography to provide privacy, depending on their individual use.

For more information, visit the Whitaker Studio website.

All Joshua Tree images are courtesy of Whitaker Studio.

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