Get Amazed by Joshua Tree Residence Designed by James Whitaker – An office comprising a cluster of angled shipping containers, proposed for a site in Germany by James Whitaker but never realized, is now being built as a home in the California desert.
Photo-realistic renderings of the proposed home by the London-based designer show a cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a rocky site. Work is scheduled to begin next year on the Joshua Tree Residence, which was designed for a film producer and his wife, who live in Los Angeles. The commission came about after the client and his friends took a trip earlier this year to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The client owns a 90-acre (36-hectare) property near the wilderness preserve, which is about a three-hour drive from LA.
“While there, in the middle of this rocky desert, one of the friends said, ‘You know what would look great here?’, before opening her laptop to show everyone a picture she had spotted on the internet,” said James Whitaker, who leads an eponymous studio in London.
“The picture was of an office that I’d designed years ago but had never been built – Hechingen Studio. The next time the client was in London, we met up.” The film producer ended up hiring Whitaker to create a holiday dwelling for his remote property dotted with orange-hued boulders and scraggly plants. The home will be situated on a sloped site, in a gully formed over the years by stormwater.