Architecture and Design

Discover the Unconventional Home of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West in Los Angeles

Explore the extraordinary transformation of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's suburban California estate, guided by visionary designers Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duysen. From a chance encounter in 2013, the couple has turned a luxurious house into an otherworldly architectural marvel, blending futuristic aesthetics with family-friendly functionality.

Jan 24, 2024

Guided by the expertise of renowned designers such as Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duysen, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have metamorphosed a suburban California estate into a surreal sanctuary of purity and light.

By Jackie Nickerson
By Jackie Nickerson

Their journey began in 2013 when the couple stumbled upon a lavish house during a stroll in Los Angeles. Kim, impressed by its perfection, envisioned a future in the uniquely extravagant residence. In contrast, Kanye, more reserved, deemed it "workable." Fast forward seven years and three additional children, and the Wests have transcended the property's initial suburban vibe, turning it into an extraordinary, otherworldly architectural marvel.

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By Jackie Nickerson

While Kanye's interest in architecture and design has grown over the years, it was meeting Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt that marked a turning point. Enchanted by Vervoordt's Floating Stone table, Kanye felt a kinship with the designer and enlisted him to transform the once McMansion into what Kanye fondly describes as a "futuristic Belgian monastery."

By Jackie Nickerson

Vervoordt, despite his background in a different world, found common ground with the Wests in their shared appreciation for beauty, spirituality, and profound discussions about the mind's space and the significance of silence. The collaboration aimed at creating something entirely new and purer involved a meticulous distillation process, transforming rooms with off-white plaster and minimal, pale natural materials.

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By Jackie Nickerson

The house, described by Kanye as "90 percent Axel," features the subtle designs of Vervoordt, along with contributions from minimalist architect Claudio Silvestrin, Vincent Van Duysen, Wirtz International Landscape Architects, and Family New York. Notably, the architect incorporated The Original Pierre Jeanneret, adding a touch of unique sophistication to the overall design.

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From left Committee Chairs and Student Chairs, photos by Jackie Nickerson

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Committee Chairs, photo by Jackie Nickerson

The result is a serene and functional environment, despite its unconventional aesthetics. Even with four children, Kim and Kanye emphasize the family-friendly nature of their home, where kids freely ride scooters through hallways and turn Axel tables into impromptu stages. Beyond the architectural transformation, the house also houses a peculiar room dedicated to a massive, creature-like soft sculpture by artist Isabel Rower. When questioned about its purpose, Kanye provocatively asserts that everything they do is simultaneously an art installation and a playroom, embodying the unique blend of creativity and family life within their extraordinary abode.

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