Whitaker Studios “Starburst” Joshua Tree Residence
Less than 1 mile from the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in California lies 22.5 acres of unparalleled natural beauty, the proposed site of the spectacular “Starburst”, an architectural shipping container home commissioned from London Based Whitaker Studio. Originally proposed for a site in Germany but never realized; the plans, construction, and delivery of the structure are being offered for $2,350,000 by one of the world’s leading luxury real estate brokerages: Engel & Völkers.
Currently operating in over 30 countries on four continents, Engel and Volkers finds its latest premium property the “Starburst”, deep within the Mojave Desert. The Starburst home’s design is intended to offer an organic connection to the sun-soaked landscape of its surroundings while providing a sense of protection and privacy. An “exoskeleton” structure made of shipping containers, it’s painted bright white. Earning its name, the structure appears like a starburst, with cuboid forms jutting out in all directions.
The land plot offers multiple flat sites upon which the structure can be built, providing both the tranquillity and vastness of the desert amongst astonishing scenery. Combined with the residence’s striking architectural design, the property is a unique site for a dream holiday compound or weekend getaway.
Starburst’s cuboid forms feature striking interiors. The structure is comprised of concrete flooring, white walls, and minimal furnishings made of plywood and Misfits seating by Ron Arad. Faceted ceilings provide the visual effect of being inside a crystalline form and square floor to ceiling windows frame unparalleled views of incredible rock formations, private mountains, and hundreds of Joshua Trees.
The Whitaker Studio’s residence is 2,153 square feet (200 square metres) and features three ensuite bedrooms, a kitchen, and a spacious living room. Each container according to James Whitaker, who owns the eponymous studio is “oriented to maximize views across the landscape, or to use the topography to provide privacy, depending on their individual use.”
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