Shipping container architecture has risen as an eco-friendly and affordable housing solution, and its increasing popularity has driven the way for projects that were abandoned by its designers in the past. London-based architect James Whitaker once proposed an office made of a cluster of shipping containers, but this project was never realized. Over again the Whitaker Studio is trying to realize the concept by building a shipping container residence situated on a 90-acre plot near Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. To be built in 2018, the James Whitaker’s shipping container house will comprise of several cargo containers placed in different orientations towards the sky so as to provide enough privacy and uninterrupted views of the surrounding area along with flooding in enough natural light through huge skylights.
Dubbed as Joshua Tree Residence, this shipping container home will be elevated on concrete pillars, allowing the floods to pass underneath without any damage to the property. The containers will be placed in all directions pointing to the sky which further gives it the look of a starburst. Inside this 2,150-square-foot (200-square-meter) home, there will be a kitchen, living room, dining area and three bedrooms, each filled with natural light from the sky-pointing containers. The interiors of the dwelling will be furnished with pieces from Whitaker’s former employer and designer Ron Arad. In the backside of the house, two containers extend to meet to create a shielded outdoor area with a wooden deck and hot tub.
Both the exterior and interior walls will be painted in bright white accent to reflect sunlight and help in maintaining the overall temperature inside. The James Whitaker’s shipping container house will fulfill its energy needs from solar panels installed in the nearby garage. Albert Taylor from AKT II has provided structural consultation during the concept development.
So far it’s in the conceptual stage, but when Joshua Tree Residence will be finalized, it will be truly a great example of cargotecture. In the meantime, the original office building design will be exhibited at the National Maritime Museum of Australia after October 26.