Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

American inside designer Kelly Wearstler has designed a digital garage in the desert that she imagines housing basketball player LeBron James’ electric Hummer.


Educated by California’s modernist architecture and the landscape about Joshua Tree, the house-garage hybrid was designed to mark the start of the electrical Hummer with James envisioned as the customer.

“I imagined that LeBron James, who is the ambassador for the Hummer EV, would reside there,” Wearstler informed Dezeen.

“I desired to develop a super alluring residence in the desert where his car or truck is a sculpture.”

The digital garage characteristics a auto carry

Wearstler made the garage as there is an elevated interest in digital design and style owing to a number of large-profile revenue of electronic artworks which includes the first NFT-backed electronic household, which just marketed for above half a million dollars.

“I assume we are setting up to see the value in digital artwork and structure much more than ever before,” stated Wearstler.

“Since the pandemic started it has delivered accessible and protected resources of escape and turn into very valued,”  continued Wearstler, who is a choose for Dezeen Awards 2021.

“You now see virtual artwork and style currently being bought and auctioned for large quantities.”

Hummer EV virtual design interior for California
The design and style references midcentury California architecture

As very well as staying a new frontier for her studio, making a digital inside instead than a physical set for the Hummer EV start was also a much more environmentally mindful conclusion, reported Wearstler.

“CGI is a single of the greatest equipment for creating and can be additional sustainable in lots of distinct approaches,” stated the designer.

“The quality of these digital interiors is also so significant now that you are beginning to lose boundaries amongst the digital and the true,” she additional.

“I assume we’ll commence to see them blending in much more with genuine-everyday living interiors so that we create a blend.”

Kelly Wearstler virtual design for Hummer EV
Interlocking bronze gates guard the virtual home

A 40-2nd-long strategy video clip for the virtual interior shows an electric automobile driving by a desert landscape until finally it fulfills a set of interlocking bronze gates.

Previous the gates, a canyon-style channel with sensor-managed lights guides the car to a semi-underground parking bay.

A turntable elevate then rises up with the motor vehicle by way of a round opening, slotting into the centre of an open up strategy living room higher than.

Hummer EV house garage by Kelly Wearstler
The Hummer EV sits future to a digital Echo bench

Renders of serious Wearstler-created home furnishings, this sort of as the Echo bench and Monolith aspect table, populate the digital garage.

Renders of other pieces together with Erik Olovsson’s Drill Vases a Loop Chair by Willy Guhl and Jan Ekselius’ Etcetera Chair also aspect.

Virtual furniture in the Hummer EV garage
Virtual home furnishings involves a Loop Chair by Willy Guhl

For layout inspiration, Wearstler blended midcentury architecture styles these as brutalism and modernism with futuristic sci-fi components.

“I seriously needed the visuals to have a retro-futuristic vibe that attracts on the spirit of California,” mentioned Wearstler

“Some of the most iconic sci-fi films from the 1960s and 70s influenced the challenge like Ridley Scott’s Alien and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Place Odyssey,” she added.

“There is a truly powerful impact from California’s modernist architecture also, significantly John Lautner’s Palm Springs residence, and the design and style of the Hummer EV, which influenced the architectural form, massive skylight and bronze accents.”

Bronze virtual garage in the desert
The bronze virtual garage is depicted in the California desert landscape

The Hummer EV is carmaker GMC’s to start with electric automobile. Described by the brand as a “supertruck” the electric motor vehicle will be ready to drive off-road and even in a diagonal way.

The liveable garage is also aspect of a new craze of designers operating with luxury automobiles. David Adjaye recently design five Aston Martin-themed residences for his New York skyscraper 130 William.

Virgil Abloh has designed a idea automobile for Mercedes Benz, and Thomas Heatherwick unveiled a thought sketch for an electrical vehicle for Chinese motor vehicle brand IM Motors.

Photographs courtesy of Kelly Wearstler.