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Kanye West wants to build ‘Star Wars’-inspired low-income housing

Jul 12, 2019

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Kanye West is building a fleet of “Star Wars”-esque shelters in a California forest.

“Inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, West has been working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic, with the goal of deploying them as low-income housing units,” writes Forbes’ Zach O’Malley Greenburg in a new profile of the 42-year-old rapper-designer-entrepreneur.

West recently drove Greenburg in his Lamborghini to see the structures in person.

Neither photos nor specific location are provided in the article, but Greenburg describes the prototypes as being “a trio of structures that look like the skeletons of wooden spaceships,” a half-built take on the hut Skywalker lives in on Tatooine in the 1977 film “A New Hope.”

Near the shelters, “At a bungalow in the woods,” Greenburg writes, the two came upon a four-person team working on the real estate project, preparing to meet with investors in San Francisco the following day.

West also mentioned that he ultimately aims for the buildings to become affordable housing — potentially for the homeless.

This isn’t the first time West has expressed a love for “Star Wars.” In his song “Gone,” he at one point raps, “But if they ever flip sides like Anakin,” and in “Guilt Trip,” he sings, “Star Wars fur, yeah I’m rockin’ Chewbacca.”

The $20 million home West shares with wife Kim Kardashian, 38, in Hidden Hills, Calif., is in a galaxy far away from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ fictional design philosophy. He describes the house’s aesthetic as “wabi-sabi vibes.”

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