After the publicity of Joshua Tree in 2017, Whitaker Studio started to gain more attentions and receive more enquiries whether the house could be reproduced en masse or whether they have a special design that could be purchased off the shelf. Apparently, there are many people interested in building holiday resorts around the world or an Airbnb retreats in secluded, peaceful place. It seems that people may have perceived Joshua Tree architecture as easy to transport since it is created out of shipping containers. All these enquiries have raised a question to the designer, would he be interested in mass-produced Joshua Tree Residence? The answer is, not really. Anywhere House is a concept project to answer an ideal prefabricated, modular house according to James Whitaker.
From the start, Whitaker Studio wanted to make sure that no two homes should look the same. Because even though it’s a prefabricated house, every client’s home should be unique. Using standard elements, it’s easy to build a 5-bed hilltop house or a one-bed lake edge villa. So far, they have designed a living room unit, a kitchen unit, three different bedroom units, and a study unit. Over time, it will be expanded to different room. Each unit features two or more openings so that it can be used as a connection point to the next unit, but owner can choose to install a window or door as well.
This way, for another added unit, there are at least two orientations user can choose from and there’s no limit on how many units can be connected together, the number of possibilities is infinite. The design of each unit also makes sure the dimensions make it possible to transport it by road.