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Kanye West’s ‘new age’ wooden domes for the homeless have been torn down

Kanye West’s ‘new age’ wooden domes for the homeless that were built on his California property have been torn down. 

Aerial photos of the rapper’s 300-acre Calabasas project show at least three of the ‘Star Wars’-inspired structures reduced to rubble. 

The photos did show a smaller dome that was still standing, although that one will reportedly be demolished soon, according to TMZ. 

Last month it was reported that West’s structures would be dismantled after he fell foul with building regulations.   

Kanye West’s wooden domes for the homeless that were built on his California property have been torn down

Aerial photos (above) of the rapper's 300-acre Calabasas project show at least three of the 'Star Wars'-inspired structures reduced to rubble

Aerial photos (above) of the rapper’s 300-acre Calabasas project show at least three of the ‘Star Wars’-inspired structures reduced to rubble

The domes were built on the Hidden Hills property that the 42-year-old rapper and wife Kim Kardashian first purchased back in 2014

Kanye West

The domes were built on the Hidden Hills property that the 42-year-old rapper and wife Kim Kardashian first purchased back in 2014

West built the futuristic structures earlier this year to create a one-of-a kind community that dismantles the class system within the housing market and shelters the homeless – but he reportedly didn’t obtain a building permit. 

In August, the rapper was given a deadline of September 15 to secure the permit for the domes.  

Los Angeles building regulators visited West’s sprawling Yeezy Home community twice and determined that the homes violated building codes as they were permanent structures and require a permit to be built. 

In August, before and after shots of the site showed that one of the structures had already been pulled down at the site.

Close-up shots of the Yeezy Home project showed a cluster of wooden structures, each reportedly standing at 50-feet-tall, shaped like domes and huddled together. 

The interiors of the structures appear to be hollow and are patched up with black tarp.

Inspectors were first called to the Gold Digger singer’s property following noise complaints from several neighbors living adjacent to his residence. 

The first time an inspector with the LA County Department of Public Works stopped by the project, an on-site manager at the Yeezy Home project told inspectors the site was a ‘production’ project and temporary.

Last month it was reported that West's structures would be dismantled after he fell foul with building regulations. In August, before and after shots of the site showed that one of the structures (circled) had already been pulled down at the site

Last month it was reported that West’s structures would be dismantled after he fell foul with building regulations. In August, before and after shots of the site showed that one of the structures (circled) had already been pulled down at the site

Los Angeles building regulators visited West's sprawling Yeezy Home community twice and determined that the homes violated building codes as they were permanent structures and require a permit to be built

Los Angeles building regulators visited West’s sprawling Yeezy Home community twice and determined that the homes violated building codes as they were permanent structures and require a permit to be built

The first time an inspector with the LA County Department of Public Works stopped by the project, an on-site manager at the Yeezy Home project told inspectors the site was a 'production' project and temporary. It's unclear if the project will be moved elsewhere

The first time an inspector with the LA County Department of Public Works stopped by the project, an on-site manager at the Yeezy Home project told inspectors the site was a ‘production’ project and temporary. It’s unclear if the project will be moved elsewhere

During a second inspection, officials found the structures sitting on top of concrete platforms and determined the prototypes were permanent. 

The domes sit on the Hidden Hills property that the 42-year-old rapper and wife Kim Kardashian first purchased back in 2014. 

Sources familiar with the project previously said it will ‘break barriers that separate classes… namely, the rich, the middle class and the poor’.

In an earlier interview with Forbes, West told a reporter that the domes could ‘hopefully be used to house the homeless, having them live in spaces said to be sunk into the ground’. 

‘Dynamic’ has been the word used to describe the project, which fits the exclusive brand that the fashion-mogul has come to be known for.

‘There, with the hazy heft of something enormous and far away, stand a trio of structures that look like the skeletons of wooden spaceships,’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg wrote of the project in Forbes cover piece on Kanye.

‘They’re the physical prototypes of his concept, each oblong and dozens of feet tall, and West leads me inside each one.

‘He tells me they could be used as living spaces for the homeless, perhaps sunk into the ground with light filtering in through the top. 

‘We stand there in silence for several minutes considering the structures before walking back down to his lurking Lamborghini and zooming off into the night.’

It’s unclear if the project will be moved elsewhere. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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