A few years ago, architect James Whitaker designed an office made from jutting shipping containers. Though striking to look at, it was never built. Fast-forward to this year and a Los Angeles-based film producer happened to see the office online. Inspired, he commissioned Whitaker to make him a solar-powered house based on its design on a large plot of land in Joshua Tree, California.
Though London-based Whitaker is a trained architect, he's also a photographer and digital artist who, as he puts it, "uses a computer to create photographs of things that don't exist." This explains the high quality of his renders – to be clear, the home pictured hasn't actually been built yet, though it's due to start construction sometime in 2018.
The Joshua Tree Residence is planned for a rugged mountainside plot measuring 90 acres (36 hectares) and its interior will comprise a total floorspace of 200 sq m (2,152 sq ft). The original office design (models of which can be seen in the gallery) has been altered a little and the containers will be angled so as to either maximize the view or ensure privacy, depending on the room's intended use.
Inside, the residence will include three bedrooms, a like number of en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, and living room. In addition, the garage will be topped by solar panels that will power the home.