Iterations of a Garage by James Whitaker

Here are a small collection of the iterative maquette models for the garage at the Anywhere House in Canada. Because the rest of the house has been split down into individual rooms the scale of a garage seems huge in comparison. The right answer ended up lying in breaking the garage bulk down, giving it the appearance of two conjoined volumes, each comparable in scale to the other volumes in the house.

Torogips, Spain by James Whitaker

Torogips office by Whitaker Studio

Over the last year we’ve been designing a small office building to accompany a new gypsum factory in Spain. Our building will house the changing rooms, laboratory, office and dining room. The inside of a gypsum factory can be a relatively dark and dusty place and so our main objective has been to create a light filled, airy alternative to that. Working with a very modest budget we have concentrated on drawing northern light into all the spaces to ensure that there is a good quality of light throughout the day.

The material palette will be very simple, with painted concrete block for the walls, expanded metal mesh shutters over the windows and a polished concrete floor internally. On the roof we plan to use Cumella Ceramic tiles. The colours aren’t yet confirmed, but I’m inclined to be bold and go for the pattern shown…

Construction will hopefully start this autumn.

Torogips Roof by Whitaker Studio
Torogips roof by Whitaker Studio
Torogips hall by Whitaker Studio
Torogips hall by Whitaker Studio

Manor Avenue by James Whitaker

I've been looking forward to sharing these photographs ever since I took them. David Eland, a good friend from university has just finished this magnificent job, renovating a 5 storey town house in south London. The largest element of the design was to lower the basement by 1m to create a cavernous lower ground floor that houses kitchen and dining.

I think this is possibly the first house that I've photographed with an original Damien Hirst in it. The Hirst piece hangs above an exquisite steel and oak staircase fabricated by R E Cooke. It turns out that their main business is making specialist buckets for diggers, but they make a pretty awesome staircase.

Photograph of Kitchen by James Whitaker

The kitchen was crafted by Sebastian Cox and you can find out more about David's work on his website Ozkurt & Eland.

Photograph of Living Room by James Whitaker
Photograph of Living Room by James Whitaker
Photograph of lower ground floor by Architectural Photographer James Whitaker
A cavernous living room photographed by architectural photographer James Whitaker

Folding House by James Whitaker

I recently photographed this rather nice extension by Thomas & Spiers Architects in south west London. I believe the budget for the construction was relatively modest, yet they've crafted a really lovely space with a calm quality of light in it. I would happily move in!

For more information about the architects visit their website here.

Penthouse by James Whitaker


The High Life

A new series of images of a Tokyo penthouse.

The model has been built in 3DS Max with the towers in the foreground being created using Itoo Software’s railclone and forest pack. You can see a tutorial for populating the floors of the towers here.

Furniture and props have come from a variety of sources. The books are nearly all from model+model and distributed using their excellent Bookmanager plugin. The rug in the living space is Paul Smith Carnival created with Vray Hair.

The Tokyo skyline is from photographs taken from CGTextures and applied as a VRay Light material with the sky masked out. The scene is then illuminated with Peter Guthrie’s 0707 sky.

by James Whitaker


This was my first ever design project at university 15 years ago. The idea for the climbers hut was based on a piece of climbing equipment that can be lodged into cracks in the rock face to arrest a climber’s fall.

The hut consists of a Cor-ten steel cage with oak cladding infill and a smooth, curved plywood interior. Once the hut has been lowered into the cliff face and has wedged itself into place the floor joists can be inserted to ensure a level surface. The lower area is for storage of equipment while the upper area is for sleeping and cooking.

I revisited the project as an excuse to experiment with particle systems in 3DS Max. The snow capping on the foreground was produced by raining over half a million particles down on the model and then turning them into a mesh. The images where rendered with Vray and a small amount of photoshop. HDRI skies are from Peter Guthrie’s shop and the rock face textures were made from images sourced from CG

by James Whitaker

Between 2006 and 2009 I worked at Heatherwick Studio, both in London and Hong Kong, as a designer. Some of the photographs here are photographs of projects that I worked on and some are not but it was at Heatherwick Studio that I really got a passion for photographing architecture and products.
Taken over the duration of my time at the studio these photographs include the extruded furniture that exhibited at the Haunch of Venison. There are several photographs of Sitooterie II, a precursor to the British Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo in 2010, which sits on a private estate east of London. There is also a photograph here of the original spun chair prototype and the award winning artists’ studios in Aberystwyth. Each one unique.
You can see more photographs at behance.