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Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain
Photo by Jack Parsons Photography

Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain

Eco Tech
Joshua Tree, CA

A proponent of green design since the early days of the solar movement, architect Walter Scott Perry has always incorporated the idea of reusing and repurposing materials into his design philosophy. The container, says Perry, “represents a great opportunity to create sustainable, low-cost and aesthetically attractive housing that can be shipped easily and quickly anywhere in the world.” This dramatic residence in Joshua Tree, the first repurposed container home permitted and built in the Mojave Desert, is one great example.

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