The West couple has always been eccentric and completely unique, and their architectural choices are no exceptions too.
Kanye and Kim Kardashian West decided to give the world a full-on inner view of their $60 million worth mansion, and it was mind-blowing.
The idea to purchase the mansion came from Kim, in an interview with AD in 2013 said, “We passed by this incredibly extravagant house while strolling through the neighborhood. I’d just had North, and we were doing a lot of walking so I could work off some of the baby fat, I didn’t really know Kanye’s style at that point, but I thought the house was perfection. Kanye was less enthusiastic. He said, ‘It’s workable.’”
The couple went on to purchase the ‘workable’ mansion and began its renovations which took nearly three years in which the family had to move to Kim’s mother’s house. The house changed from an ok mansion, a suburban ‘McMansion’ according to Kanye to a ‘futuristic Belgian monastery.’
The Belgian architect Axel Vervoordt was in close contact with the couple and was in charge of completely remodeling the mansion to create the stark, monastery-like mansion decorated in shades of white, brown and grey that they have today.
According to the designer Axel Vervoordt, “Kanye and Kim wanted something totally new, we didn’t talk about decoration, but a kind of philosophy about how we live now and how we will live in the future. We changed the house by purifying it, and we kept pushing to make it purer and purer.” And the purity is definitely evident in the muted colors of the house which the couple says relaxes them and makes them happy to be home amid the chaos of the outside world.
According to the couple, the home was strictly designed and made for their children — North, 6½, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 8 months. This is obvious from the wide shallow steps of the heated pool to the limited number of stairs throughout. The design surely favors the kids as Kanye says, “the kids ride their scooters down the hallways and jump around on top of the low Axel tables, which they use as a kind of stage.”
As a creative person, Kanye has often expressed himself through his creations of the Yeezy fashion line and also his music, but he also channeled it through his architectural choices as he said, “when I was growing up in Chicago, before the internet, I’d go to my local Barnes & Noble to check out Architectural Digest and other design magazines, along with the fashion and rap titles, my father encouraged me. He always had graph paper around for me to scribble on.” His love for architectural designs once led him to sell his Maybach car for an original Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa. Now he owns more than enough Royère pieces all over his home.
Kim says she wasn’t big on furniture and any related knowledge but hubby Kanye changed that as she said, “I really didn’t know anything about furniture before I met Kanye, but being with him has been an extraordinary education. I take real pride now in knowing what we have and why it’s important.”
The desire is to make the home safe and fit for the kids while indulging in their own architectural and design love while still keeping things simple as the couple says, “we’re not going to be fanatics, everything we do is an art installation and a playroom.”