Two Firms Design/Build First Shipping Container House in Mojave Desert

The home is equipped with water-conserving faucets, integrated greywater, and water harvesting and storage systems.

A view from the bedroom offers unobstructed views to the California desert.

Large openings allow light to filter into all public and private spaces.

A shaded solar breezeway provides a protected and naturally cooled outdoor room that extends the interior living spaces.

The breezeway as seen from above.

The stairway is curved and sheathed in recycled, corrugated metal with a vertical-slit window facing east to distribute morning light evenly across the walls of the 18-foot-high stairwell.

A solar shade canopy wraps the roof and south and west sides of the residence and solar breezeway to provide protection against desert heat, glare, wind, and blowing dust.

The floor in the  kitchen (and throughout) is made from recycled Philippine mahogany plywood that can be easily sanded down and refinished.

Built-ins offer a place for storage in the living room.

A 160-square-foot green roof made up of drought-tolerant, native plant modules is placed on the second floor shade framing.

Join the Discussion

Please read our Content Guidelines before posting

Close X