The first images of Kanye West's prototypes for low-cost housing have surfaced online. The artist, who announced an architecture branch of the Yeezy name via Twitter in 2018, is constructing dome-shaped prefabricated structures near his LA home. These prototypes showcase West's first apparent venture into architecture, in which he aims to explore how architecture can help "make the world better."
According to design magazine dezeen, the structures are covered in wooden lattice and take influence from homes seen on the fictional desert planet of Tatooine in Star Wars. The homes of Tatooine share similarities with housing complexes found in the Tunisian desert, where the set was built for the film. The domed homes are partially sunken, which allow the space to remain cool in hot temperatures. West's homes are reportedly aiming to create a similar effect and feature an oculus for natural lighting.
The building site has created much attention in the LA area, as neighbors have filed complaints to the city of Los Angeles over the construction. West has reportedly been asked to apply for a construction permit or the structures must be removed within 45 days.