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Why does Kanye love architecture so much? We investigate his obsession

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Kanye West is a creative icon, and architecture is just another one of his creative obsessions.

His imagination has elevated the music and fashion industry through his ventures: G.O.O.D. Music and Yeezy brand. His obsession has also enabled him to become an industry leader. Now, Kanye seems to have found himself a new obsession: architecture.

It was only natural for Ye to walk down this path. He has a sixth sense for transforming the five senses into art. Everything he has done can be translated into a transcendental experience through harmonious compositions.

Sight and feel were fused to create a new age of fashion. Now, Yeezy Homes is the latest project to accentuate the senses.

For the past few years, Ye has taken inspiration from some of the world’s most renowned architects and interior designers. Thus, Kulture Hub takes a look into who and what inspired Ye’s newfound obsession.

Rem Koolhaas

The famed Dutch architect is the founder of OMA, one of the world’s top architecture firms. He is also known to be one of the most significant architectural thinkers of his generation.

His peers believe so as well by awarding him the Pritzker Prize, the most esteemed architectural recognition in the world.

Ye’s architectural influence still simply comes from the best. His first collaboration with Koolhaas came during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The 7 Screen Pavilion housed Kanye’s debut short film, Cruel Summer.

7 Screen Pavilion during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Photo Courtesy of OMA
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The screening of Cruel Summer in side 7 Screen Pavilion. Photo Courtesy of OMA.

He explains his perspective on what it means to be a visual artist and how architecture aids in his ability to do so.

Willo Perron

The Canadian designer has worked with the pinnacle of the art and entertainment world. His work with interiors, graphics, video production, and also performance art has allowed him to collaborate with the likes of Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Rihanna, and Tame Impala.

And further, his collaboration with Kanye has spanned over musical performances, fashion shows, and Yeezy studio design.

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Yeezy Season 4 Fashion Show. Photo courtesy of Perron-Roettinger Studio
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Yeezy Studio. Photo courtesy of Perron-Roettinger Studio

Kanye’s architecture arm: Yeezy Home

In 2018, Kanye established the architectural arm of his creative empire, Yeezy Homes. The thoughtfully-designed affordable housing project has been in the making for many years.

Then, its latest concepts were brought to life in the summer of 2019.

First inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, Kanye has then taken his experience with architecture and design with his latest Yeezy Home project.

The Tatooine homes from Star Wars were influenced by these homes in Chott el Jerid in Southwest Tunisia. Kanye’s Star Wars fandom has influenced his Yeezy Home design. (Image courtesy of

The first iteration of Yeezy Homes has been constructed on a 300-acre plot of land in Calabasas. Kanye purchased the land a few years back and is now turning it into his first real estate development.
A glimpse into the Yeezy Home prototype. Photo courtesy of Highsnobiety.

Kanye’s obsession with architecture is an extension of his artistry. Even more, it is an expression of himself.

His music speaks. His apparel shifts culture. And now, his homes will redefine living.

It will all make sense soon enough.