Architect Designs Fancy 'Blooming Flower' House Out Of Shipping Containers

October 3, 2017

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This is The Joshua Tree Residence, a home designed by London-based architect James Whitaker for a film producer client in Joshua Tree, California. The shape is supposed to be reminiscent of a desert flower blooming, and will be constructed out of shipping containers. The 200-square meter (~2,150 square foot) home will include "a kitchen, a living room, and three en-suite bedrooms" and be solar-powered via panels on the garage. It looks like the perfect place for...I dunno -- watching two lizards have sex on a hot rock? Look -- it's like they're pretending it's lava! I love that game.

Keep going for a bunch more shots of the interior (great bed placement) and exterior.

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Thanks to Dave L, who wants to live in a railroad car on its way across the United States like all the cool hobos used to do.

  • So the containers sticking up into the air are strictly there for aesthetics and to direct the scorching desert sun into the house? They don't serve any insulation or storage purpose? Speaking of insulation...where is it? What is going to prevent the inhabitants of this house from roasting in the Summer and freezing in the Winter?
    And what are the ugly sofas supposed to look like? My first thought was coral but that really doesn't fit the 'desert flower' motif.

    I think whatever the architect was intending here is completely lost on me.

  • Isaiah Rockefeller

    Do you see the inside walls of a shipping container in any of the interior pics? No....those are walls that were added and I'm sure there is insulation behind them.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    Oh yes, the bathroom is the 8th hall on your right.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Meh, I'd live there if it had decent wifi.

    (Full disclosure, I'd live anywhere if it had decent wifi)

  • Andrew Williams

    A steel "house" with no insulation in the desert. Wouldn't possibly be hot...

  • Bling Nye

    It's easiest to see in the black and white picture, but there's at least a foot between the interior and exterior on all sides. PReeeety sure a high-end architectural firm isn't going to fuck up something as basic as insulation.

    Edit: I was wrong in my perception of the inset of the window, there's not nearly that much interior space taken up; I still think the design firm wouldn't fuck up something like insulation, but now I'm really curious as to what and how.

  • James Mcelroy

    Also, this has not actually been built yet.

  • Bling Nye

    Yeah, I reailze that from the photoshop mockup.

  • James Mcelroy

    I used to live in the Mojave, near death valley. Some people went to just spraying a ton of foam insulation on the outside of out buildings for insulation. I would think that i would want to insulate the outside of these and maybe use the foam/insulation look cool on the outside instead of making the already limit internal space that much smaller.

  • Bling Nye

    Agreed. Also, how blindingly obnoxious would a mylar coat on the outside be? Haha

  • Andrew Williams

    In the second to last picture, it doesn't look to be more than 4" of space between the outside and inside.

  • Bling Nye

    That's my mistake, my perspective was off; I was looking at the window being flush with the edge of the container, and mistook the inset distance. You're right.

  • Tim Buchanan

    I bet every fart in that place would echo for like a half hour.

  • Jeedai Infidel

    That looks like the world's worst house to try and sleep a hangover off in, it would cost a fortune to put enough curtains to keep the light out in the morning. Plus, stupid.

  • paperboy

    You still get hangovers?

  • Jeedai Infidel

    I'm in my 40's and only ever get drunk on super rare occasions these days, so, yes, I get hangovers worse than ever. Now, my tolerance to dabs is a whole other conversation for another time ;-)

  • Bling Nye

    I am assuming they're the kind of glass that can go clear/opaque when electric current is applied. It'd cost a lot more than curtains, but curtains are for plebs anyway.

  • Andyman7714

    Yeah, the bed setup looks practical.

  • James Mcelroy

    this looks stupid AF, and for the price double idiotic.

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