A striking starburst-shaped house in Joshua Tree is up for sale through Engel & Voelkers. Designed by London-based Whitaker Studio, the design is made from a cluster of shipping containers. Scheduled for 2021, the house is yet to be built...
Nestled into the rocky mountainside close to the national park, the house will measure 200 square meters or 2000 square feet.
The starburst home is located less than a mile from the entrance to Joshua Tree national park, and every container is orientated to maximise views across the 90-acre plot and surrounding landscape.
The containers are angled in different directions to control light entering the house, and to create privacy, depending on their individual use.
Living spaces face the wide open land, while bedrooms face towards the rocks.
The inspiration came from one of Whitaker Studio's other projects, which was a design for an office called Hechingen Studio. While the office was never built (the startup it was designed for had closed), the design had made its way to the owners of the plot of land in Joshua Tree who wanted something similar.
The design for this Joshua Tree home was first unveiled in 2017, and since its debut presentation the house has gone viral. Three years later and the house still hasn't been built, but the plot and plans are up for sale for $3.5 million USD – around £2.5 million.
It's an eco-home, powered by solar panels that sit on the car garage roof. Inside, there are three ensuite bedrooms, a kitchen and a spacious living room, each framing desert and Joshua Tree views in different directions.
There's a patio too, for al-fresco dining and entertaining, and for taking in the stunning landscape.
It's currently for sale through Engel & Volkers, and the listing includes the plans, construction and delivery of the house to the last detail. Construction is scheduled to start on site in 2021.
Aside from the striking house, the lucky buyer will also be buying views of incredible rock formations, a private part of the park, panoramic basin views and hundreds of Joshua trees. As the listing says, this property is ‘ideal for stargazing, horses and those who seek tranquility for their spiritual, meditation or yoga practices.’
If the grass is greener on the other side, you can bet the water bill is higher.