Kanye and Kim Kardashian West are giving fans a look into their “futuristic Belgian monastery.”
The couple is opening the doors to their home and inviting Architectural Digest inside for their March “Star Power” issue.
Though fans have seen glimpses of the minimalistic California mansion on social media (remember when Kim gave us all a tour of her two kitchens?), they are now explaining their $60 million dollar vision.
“We passed by this incredibly extravagant house while strolling through the neighborhood. I’d just had North, and we were doing a lot of walking so I could work off some of the baby fat,” Kim recalled of when she first saw the house.
“I didn’t really know Kanye’s style at that point, but I thought the house was perfection. Kanye was less enthusiastic. He said, ‘It’s workable.’”
According to Kim, “workable” is Kanye’s way of saying he likes something.
And it was so workable, in fact, that upon purchasing the house, the rapper and reality star began extensive renovations that forced them to shack up with Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, for nearly three years.
Kanye reveals that through their work with Belgian architect Axel Vervoordt, the house went from “McMansion” to “monastery” with rooms that are intentionally spare.
That means there is barely any furniture or decoration, and surprisingly no clutter for a family with four young children.
They opted for neutral colors like “white, brown, and grey” because it “relaxes them and makes them happy” to be away from the chaos of the outside world.
“Kanye and Kim wanted something totally new,” Vervoordt told the publication of his design. “We didn’t talk about decoration, but a kind of philosophy about how we live now and how we will live in the future. We changed the house by purifying it, and we kept pushing to make it purer and purer.”
Kim revealed that she hasn’t even experienced all that the home has to offer since she’s never stepped foot in their heated pool.
Kanye says his fascination with the simplistic architectural style began pre-fame while he was still living in Chicago.
Despite all the attention to detail, the couple says that the home is a case study that’s designed with raising their family in mind.
Therefore, they don’t take themselves too seriously.
“Everything we do is an art installation and a playroom,” Kanye revealed.
“The kids ride their scooters down the hallways and jump around on top of the low Axel tables, which they use as a kind of stage,” he said.
North, who crashed the Q+A part of the interview, admitted her favorite things to do in the house are host dance competitions and play her violin.