Render: Whitaker Studio

A sci-fi concept home with an explosive ‘starburst’ floor plan is for sale in California’s Joshua Tree – but with one proviso, it hasn’t been built yet.

Images of the radical property, nicknamed Starburst House for its unorthodox silhouette, first appeared in 2017, designed by Whitaker Studio for film producer Chris Hanley.

It’s currently still just a set of renders but construction on the futuristic property is set to begin in mid-2021 in Monument Manor on the edge of the nearby national park, and the unique home has already listed for $3.5m with Engel & Volkers.

Starburst House by Whitaker Studio - A sci-fi concept home with an explosive ‘starburst’ floor plan is for sale in California’s Joshua Tree
Render: Whitaker Studio

Starburst House will sit on a 90-acre stretch of land and will be built using shipping containers that jut outwards from the rocky landscape. According to architect James Whitaker, each container is either situated to make the most of the views or use the surrounding boulders to create privacy.

Three bedrooms are arranged around the central point of the desert home, which will reportedly be entirely doorless – allowing future owners to look into each room from the main living space.

Starburst House by Whitaker Studio - A sci-fi concept home with an explosive ‘starburst’ floor plan is for sale in California’s Joshua Tree
Render: Whitaker Studio

According to the NY Post, there’s also the possibility of using the house as a gallery or architectural showroom in the interim between its construction and sale.

Starburst House by Whitaker Studio - A sci-fi concept home with an explosive ‘starburst’ floor plan is for sale in California’s Joshua Tree
Render: Whitaker Studio
Starburst House by Whitaker Studio - A sci-fi concept home with an explosive ‘starburst’ floor plan is for sale in California’s Joshua Tree
Render: Whitaker Studio
Starburst House by Whitaker Studio - A sci-fi concept home with an explosive ‘starburst’ floor plan is for sale in California’s Joshua Tree
Render: Whitaker Studio

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