Kanye West Erects Domes on Property for Proposed Housing Community
Kanye West, self-proclaimed genius and habitual speaker of wild things, is never short of ideas and he’s been quietly tilling away at a new one. West wants to venture into real estate but with an altruistic slant. He’s already built dome structures on property in California in the hopes that he can address housing needs for the homeless and those with low incomes. And there are photos to prove it.
Prototypes have been constructed in Calabasas
This dream didn’t just come out of the blue. As Housing Wire points out, West started working on his idea for low income housing over a year ago. He partnered up with some architects and designers to create a prototype, and one them shared them on social media.
Officially, he launched Yeezy Home, an architectural firm. At one time, West and his partners were seeking investors for the project, which, if executed successfully, has the potential to help reduce housing insecurity here in America and abroad.
West also expounded a little bit on the project during his lengthy interview with Charlemagne da God, and then again during an in-depth profile piece with Forbes. He shared that the dome-shaped homes were inspired by Stars Wars and took writer Zach O’Malley Greenberg out into his sprawling acreage in Calabasas to give him a look. O’Malley wrote:
“Speaking of aliens, if you really want to see how West’s creative process works, then a visit to the Star Wars planet of Tatooine is necessary. Inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, West has been working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic, with the goal of deploying them as low-income housing units.
There, with the hazy heft of something enormous and far away, stand a trio of structures that look like the skeletons of wooden spaceships. They’re the physical prototypes of his concept, each oblong and dozens of feet tall, and West leads me inside each one.
He tells me they could be used as living spaces for the homeless, perhaps sunk into the ground with light filtering in through the top.”
TMZ obtained pictures of the domes, which have been shared liberally online. It looks like they’re still in the developmental stages but sit in the middle of some 300 acres of land.
Kanye has his skeptics
West has made it no secret that he’s fond of design, and has his creative hands in music, fashion, and now housing. But he has his detractors who wonder if his Star Wars houses are more of a vanity project than a noble endeavor.
For his part, he says the point is to strike down classism barriers and create affordable housing. But this article from Slate examines West’s affinity for Star Wars and the similarities in his clothing collection and Yeezy shoe line to the aesthetic seen in the movies. It goes further by noting that years ago, George Lucas stated he wanted to sell bits of Skywalker Ranch to build affordable housing, so perhaps West is following suit—but with extra Star Wars flair.
Time will tell if West will complete the structures and have an opportunity to put them into the world in the way he says he will. In an age where we’re seeing tiny home communities being built to thwart homelessness, it’s certainly doable.