ABOUT ANYWHERE HOUSE
Following the publicity whirlwind that engulfed Joshua Tree in the autumn of 2017 we started receiving enquiries about whether the house could be reproduced en masse, or whether we had a design that could be purchased off the shelf. People were making enquiries for holiday resorts in Jordan, or a series of Airbnb retreats across the United States, or sometimes just wanting to buy a unique prefabricated holiday house for Aspen or the Hamptons.
I think a lot of these enquiries came about because the Joshua Tree Residence is created out of shipping containers, so people maybe perceived it as easily transportable. The joy of that project though is taking something that is highly generic and transportable, and turning that into something very unique and site specific.
Basically, if I was going to design a mass produce-able house the Joshua Tree Residence wouldn’t be it. But that raises the question, what would be my answer to a prefabricated, modular house?
The starting point was that I wanted there to be the potential that no two homes look the same - every client’s home to be unique. And I wanted to create a design that, using standard elements, could create a 5 bed hilltop house or a 1 bed lake edge villa, associated with a hotel.
So far we've designed 3 different bedroom units, a living room unit, a kitchen unit, a bathroom unit and a study unit, and with time this will be expanded upon. Each unit has two or more openings that can be the point of connection to the next unit, or can be capped with a window or door. So every time you add another unit there are at least 2 orientations for that unit, and with no limit on how many units you can daisy chain together there is an infinite number of possibilities. Each unit has been constrained to dimensions that are transportable by road to allow them to be completely fabricated off-site.
We are currently working towards building the first Anywhere House resort with ORBSEO.
James Whitacker - Whitacker Studios
James Whitaker is a registered architect. He studied architecture at The University of Edinburgh, where he also taught animation and multimedia. He has worked in London and Hong Kong in the studios of Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad on a variety of projects, big and small. James's photography work has been exhibited widely and published internationally, from the BBC Culture Show to Architecture New Zealand. Joshua Tree Residence was the most popular project on Dezeen in 2017.