Last month, Kanye West confirmed that he was planning on building housing for the homeless. The prefabricated dwellings take inspiration from the structures of Star Wars’ desert planet ‘Tatooine’, he described, and are built with affordability in mind.
Early images of the ‘YEEZY Home’ prototypes have since been captured by TMZ, with additional stunning aerial shots taken by Metro.co.uk. The photos were taken at the Calabasas Hills, California home of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
The structures, which mark West’s first architecture project, are shown to be of varying shapes and sizes. The domes are covered with wooden lattice, with lightwells at the top that allow natural lighting to pour in.
Unfortunately, the project could be on standstill because West has reportedly been instructed by the Los Angeles County Department of Works to tear down the mockups; neighbors have complained about being awaken by construction noises late at night.
While West claims that the prototypes are temporary, an investigation reveals that they were erected on concrete foundations, which could mean otherwise. He has thus purportedly been asked to register for a building permit or disassemble the domes within 45 days.
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The very first images of Kanye’s YEEZY Home project have surfaced.🏡👀 The buildings are 50-foot high dome-like structures evoking the Star War ‘s vibe that reportedly inspired the design . Construction has been happening for a few weeks now on the 300-acre lot West bought in Calabasas a few years ago. Developped by an arm of West’s YEEZY brand and dubbed Yeezy Home, the housing project aims to bridge the gap between social and income classes, creating affordable homes that West hopes will better the world. ✍🏽 #highsnobiety 📸 #backgrid
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