The producer of the cult classic movie ‘American Psycho’ is building a shipping container home in the California desert that looks like an exploding star. Take a look inside the Starburst House.

While film production has taken center stage throughout much of Hanley’s life, he is leaning into another passion of his: commissioning renowned architects to bring innovative homes to life.

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Hanley captures his reflection in the Invisible House.
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One of these homes is the Invisible House, a mirror-clad, single-story home completed in 2019 that resembles a skyscraper turned on its side.

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Exterior of the Invisible House designed by Tomas Osinski with input from Hanley.
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The home, which Demi Lovato recently rented out, is located on a 90-acre estate in Joshua Tree, California, that Hanley and his wife, Roberta, purchased in 2006. The couple also installed a prefab guest house by Office of Mobile Design on the land.

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View of Hanley’s 90-acre Joshua Tree estate.
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Now, they’re ready to break ground on a third home that they’ve dubbed ‘the Starburst House.”

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Rendering of the Starburst House. Aerial view.
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Consisting of 21 splayed shipping containers, the home resembles an exploding star.

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Rendering of the Starburst House, showing the outside deck and pool.
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London-based architect James Whitaker originally designed the home as an office for an advertising startup in Germany that went under. Since 2017, he has worked with Hanley to adapt the design for the California desert landscape.

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Rendering of the Starburst House.
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After three years of planning, construction is finally scheduled to start at the end of this year.

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Rendering of the Starburst House.
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“Each container is orientated to maximize views across the landscape, control light entering the house, or to use the topography to provide privacy, depending on their individual use,” Whitaker told Business Insider.

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Rendering of the Starburst House.
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So as not to disturb the land, the home will be elevated above the ground by steel plates and posts.

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View of the kitchen.
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Containers on the ground level will have glass windows that open to the outside, Hanley told Business Insider.

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Rendering of the Starburst House.
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The ceiling will rise to a height of almost 34 feet.

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Rendering of the Starburst House. Close-up aerial view.
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Whereas the Invisible House mirrors the landscape, the Starburst House interprets it, offering 21 “portals” from which to appreciate the surrounding landscape and night sky, Hanley said.

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Rendering of the Starburst House. Nighttime aerial view.
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Inside, the home will span 2,000 square feet and consist of an entry corridor, central living area, kitchen, and shared half bathroom.

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Rendering of the Starburst House. View of the living area (right) with oak floors (flooring to be decided).
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“I’m a crazy wild dancer,” he told Business Insider. “Not in a professional way, but in a free-form way. I even have a choreography credit on ‘Spring Breakers.’ We used to dance and go crazy on set a lot.”

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Rendering of the Starburst House. View of the living area with concrete floors (flooring to be decided).
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Here is Hanley breaking down the dance floor at a party: 

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… and Hanley (wearing blue) showing off his moves on the set of “Spring Breakers”:

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This past Thanksgiving, Hanley and a young house guest showed off their dance moves in the Invisible House to the tune of Billie Eilish:

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“I’ve never designed a house without a big open space,” he told Business Insider.

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The house will be residential to begin with, but Hanley anticipates opening it to creative guests down the road. Both the Invisible House and Hanley’s house in Lamu, Kenya, are available to rent for $5,000 and $4,800 per day respectively.

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Rendering of the Starburst House.
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