Musician, streetwear entrepreneur, potential 2024 US presidential candidate and self-proclaimed “creative genius” Kanye West has purchased a $ 57.3 million (S $ 77.3 million) home on the beach in Malibu, California, we learned this week.
The brutalist concrete residence, designed by leading Japanese architect Tadao Ando, was built to the specifications of financier and art collector Richard Sachs, the fashion designer’s ex-boyfriend and former child star of the “Full House”, Ashley Olsen.
According to US real estate news site Dirt.com, the 3,665-square-foot beach house, which some observers have viciously compared to a parking lot, “would have required 1,200 tons of poured concrete, 200 tons of steel reinforcement and 12 pylons sunk 60 feet into the ground, preventing the monstrously heavy house from sinking into the sand.
Although its humble facade suggests simplicity, in fact, the residence took seven years of planning and construction. With four bedrooms spread over its three floors, the upper level is home to an expansive owner’s suite with a rooftop terrace offering 180-degree sea views, providing the perfect place for Kanye to think about his next creative masterpiece. .
West, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes to be US $ 1.8 billion, has an impressive real estate portfolio. His holdings include the $ 60 million resort in Hidden Hills – a half hour drive from Malibu – which he shared with his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and their children; a 3,000-acre ranch in Wyoming where sought-after Swiss avant-garde architect Valerio Olgiati creates an “underground village” for the rapper; as well as minimalist-chic condos in Los Angeles and New York.
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The Malibu House is the second most expensive property sold in the Exclusive Beach District this year.
West certainly paid a substantial premium to purchase a home designed by Tadao Ando, who won the 1995 Pritzker Prize, the highest architectural honor. But, like the sneakers Kanye makes in quantities deliberately insufficient to meet demand, part of the property’s value comes from its scarcity – Ando has only designed a handful of homes in the United States.
Kanye has been a lifelong architecture fan and today he has the means to indulge his passions. “When I was growing up in Chicago, before the internet, I would go to my local Barnes & Noble to check out Architectural Digest and other design magazines, as well as fashion and rap headlines,” he told this. same magazine during a house shot in 2020. “My father encouraged me. He always had graph paper handy for me to doodle.
Singapore residents looking for a modern, minimalist seaside home of the kind Kanye prefers can consider one of these exclusive Sentosa properties, many of which are listed for sale at significantly lower prices than the new home in Ye in Malibu.
This article first appeared in 99.co.