Kanye West’s discography is portrayed as a set of architectural illustrations in this series by designer Amaory B Portorreal.
Portorreal embarked on the project to visualise every single of West’s albums as homes following the rapper announced his Yeezy Residence venture in Could 2018.
The very first project from the arm of Yeezy style label is anticipated to be social housing, so Portorreal imagined how the musical and graphic style of the records could be represented as residences.
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“Applying the musical and aesthetic diversity of Kanye West’s hip-hop albums as his reference and inspiration, every single dwelling he has designed tells a special story about the possibility of marrying beauty and low-revenue housing,” stated a statement on behalf of the designer.
“Soon after hearing that the hip-hop artist was venturing into the globe of architecture, and focusing on low-revenue housing, he decided to envision what these properties could appear like.”
The outcome is a series of isometric architectural drawings, set against a single-colour rectangular block and paired with the logo that accompanies the corresponding album.
Functioning chronologically, Portorreal began with The College Dropout – the debut solo album that catapulted West to fame in 2004.
The property is primarily based on these discovered in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in Chicago, the city exactly where the rapper grew up. The single-storey, pitched-roof dwelling is depicted in red to match the bear mascot logo on the album cover.
“Excessive materialism, minimum-wage labor and institutional prejudice are prevalent themes that run by way of this album, touching on Kanye West’s humble beginnings,” he stated.
Chicago’s architecture also influenced Portorreal’s property for Late Registration (2005), which requires cues from additional upscale greystone buildings discovered in the city.
“The production was significantly additional lush and elaborate, with the use of additional sophisticated samples and string orchestration,” Portorreal stated. “Right here, the themes are constant with these in The College Dropout, but the production is additional mature and refined.”
For 2007’s Graduation, the designer adapted the album artwork designed by graphic artist Takashi Murakami. The pastel colours from the imagery are translated into splotches across a domed structure, which characteristics an arched doorway and a porthole window.
“The aesthetic designed by Murakami on the cover art draws upon circular shapes and patterns that evoke the image of Japanese Bubble properties,” stated Portorreal.
The themes of loss and alienation in 808’s and Heartbreaks (2008), along with its minimalist sound palette, resulted in a pared-back modernist-seeking residence. A series of thin windows along one particular wall match the pale colours discovered along the CD spine, and the entrance court is textured to mimic the artwork’s heart.
“The cold concrete facade draws on the themes of loss and sadness that run by way of this album, and the coloured windows draw on every single of the complicated feelings explored in this album,” the designer stated.
West’s self-exile to Hawaii, to take away himself from the public eye, influenced Portorreal’s developing to represent fifth album My Attractive Dark Twisted Fantasy – which was written in the course of this time. Primarily based on a gothic style, a compact structure is placed atop a cylindrical tower and reduce off by a drawbridge as a “castle in the sky”.
“The album boasted an opulent production high quality and dealt with themes of excess, customer culture and the American Dream,” Portorreal stated.
The patterned golden cover for Watch the Throne (2011) – a collaboration with fellow hip-hop star Jay-Z – was designed by style designer Riccardo Tisci. This artwork characteristics on a tower at the front of Portorreal’s property, set beside a decrease, flat black roof.
“The black stone cladded walls of the Watch the Throne property are overshadowed by a massive volume wrapped with a golden rain screen perforated by the very same geometrical pattern adorned on the album,” stated the designer.
Similarly, the statuesque lady that seems on Virgil Abloh and Joe Perez’s artwork for compilation album Cruel Summer time is applied to a wall on Portorreal’s corresponding dwelling. This tiered white developing characteristics overhangs and a pergola to shade its outside places.
“The Cruel Summer time dwelling is a modern summer time villa with a massive motif of a lady on the exterior,” stated Portorreal.
As the clear Yeezus case was influenced by the simplicity of Braun designer Dieter Rams, so is Portorreal’s transparent box property that represents the 2013 album. The two-storey residence, connected by a spiral staircase, also has a red portico to evoke the label that adorns the case.
“The Yeezus dwelling follows this very same minimalist agenda with a glass cube with and an entrance with a pop of red colour,” stated the designer.
Subsequent up is 2017’s The Life of Pablo. “Kanye’s seventh album The Life of Pablo demonstrated one particular of Kanye’s greatest talents: his potential to take samples and use them as a tool to switch the beat, introduce the chorus or even emphasise a statement,” Portorreal stated.
Referencing this thought of repurposing, his property is constructed from a pair of shipping containers, arranged perpendicularly and stacked one particular atop the other.
West rewrote his 2018 record Ye in just two weeks at his ranch in Wyoming, following coming beneath fire for airing his controversial socio-political views. Portorreal hence set a modest cabin into rocks, like these of the state’s Teton Mountains.
“Albeit his shortest album, it is one particular of his most self-analysing,” stated Portorreal. “Speaking about his state of thoughts, his loved ones and how tumultuous his life has been.”
Ultimately, the psychedelic artwork designed once more by Murakami for West’s collaboration with Kid Cudi – Children See Ghosts – formed the inspiration for a Japanese style residence.
“Portorreal utilized these bended trees, and displayed them as the centrepiece for his Japanese courtyard dwelling,” stated the designer’s statement.
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