Joshua Tree Residence Made of Shipping Containers
A British architect has designed a starburst shaped shipping container mansion. The design is being shown at a maritime museum in Australia right now, while there are plans to build it in the California Desert sometime next year.
At Gateway Container Sales, we love shipping container architecture! This vast and diverse discipline has turned the humble shipping container into a huge array of different buildings. It could be an ordinary storage shed for your tools, but repurposed shipping containers have also been turned into awesome mansions and residences for the ultra-wealthy around the world. The Joshua Tree Residence is going to be a red hot example of what the very best shipping container architecture can do.
The Joshua Tree Residence – how it came about
A Hollywood producer had bought a large plot of land out in the California Desert and with time on him and his friends’ hands went out to have a look at some of the locations for a home on the plot. One of his friends had seen images of a set of offices that British architect James Whitaker had designed for a Germany based office block, yet were never built.
It is clear that the producer loved the design so the next time he was in London he gave Whitaker a call. They hooked up and from that, came the design for the project you see here.
The building concept
The home is to be around 200 square metres in size, and based on the idea of a number of shipping containers arranged in a starburst formation. From what we at Gateway Gazette can tell, it seems that there will be a central atrium at the heart of the home where people can come together, and around the atrium there will be different rooms that are roughly the size of a 20ft or 40ft shipping container.
The home is going to be built on the side of a mountain over a dry riverbed. The three en-suite double bedrooms will be facing the mountainside for privacy while the living areas will be arranged to appreciate the raw wilderness of the desert.
Dry riverbeds occasionally flood, and this has been taken into account by Whitaker who has put the home on stilts to allow the waters to flow around and under the containers without washing it all away.
Come and see the designs up close!
If you are from Australia and enjoy shipping container architecture it may well be worth paying the National Maritime Museum a visit in Sydney. It is currently running an exhibition called ‘Container: The Box that Changed the World’, which explores all the ways that shipping containers are used, from their original intent as movable boxes to some of the best architecture of today.
Have a look at the video about the exhibition here:
The Joshua Tree Residence design is being exhibited at the museum, which is showing off the imagination and diversity of the different ways that the apparently ordinary yet extraordinary globetrotting metal box has ended up in our world.
According to the National Maritime Museum website, “You can literally ‘step inside the box’ to enjoy our first-ever outdoor exhibition as you explore six colourful containers scattered around the museum like giant Lego pieces. Each container covers one part of our six part exhibition.”
If you do get a chance to pop by the National Maritime Museum it is definitely worth a look. Perhaps it might then spark an idea for you to create your own wild and whacky shipping container project with our help at Gateway Container Sales!