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How a London-Based Architect Transformed Boring Shipping Containers Into Luxurious Desert Home

Shipping containers are generally used for shipping things, but a creative London-based architect identified as James Whitaker used his innovative ideas to transform a set of boring containers to an high class desert home.

It all started earlier this year when James’ client, an unnamed film producer, took some friends out to his 90-acre Joshua Tree, California, property . Seeing inspiration in the desert landscape, one of the friends suggested he get in touch with James about building a structure similar to one he’d designed, but never built, years prior.

He told us, “The picture was of an office that I’d designed several years ago but had never been built. And so it came to pass that next time the client was in London he got in touch and asked to meet up.”

Since that meeting, they’ve been designing the home from the outside in and construction is set to begin next year.

The 2,152-square-foot home will feature solar panels over the garage’s roof, powering the house, a kitchen, living room, and three en-suite bedrooms.

“Each container is orientated to maximise views across the landscape or to use the topography to provide privacy, depending on their individual use,” James says.



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