Tadao Ando and Kengo Kuma are designing holiday homes for Kim Kardashian

A mansion in Palm Springs and a lakeside lodge will be the future vacation homes for the American media personality and businesswoman, a great appraiser of Japanese culture and architecture.

Palm Springs, California. Image courtesy Google Earth.

Kim Kardashian declared to have a “love affair with architecture, specifically Japanese”. In fact, she hired Domus guest editor 2021 Tadao Ando – who has designed in 2013 the villa in Malibu where now live Kanye West, her ex husband – and Kengo Kuma to build two different holiday homes in the US: a mansion in Palm Springs, California, and a lakeside lodge, in an undisclosed location.

Tadao Ando. Photo Kinji Kanno.
Tadao Ando. Photo Kinji Kanno

Ando is working at the first, located in a private gated community to the South of Palm Springs. The Pritzker Prize winning-architect is designing a two-storey mansion with a curved triangular footprint. The final result, as Kardashian said, will be “concrete, gray-toned, and really zen”. Kuma is working instead on a “glass-and-wood lake house”, where Kardashian says she plans to celebrate the Fourth of July and spent the Independence Days with her family.

Kengo Kuma. Photo JC Carbonne.
Kengo Kuma. Photo JC Carbonne

Kardashian explained that her love for architecture began during renovation of her Calabasas home, which became so monochrome and sparsely furnished that she jokingly describes it as a “minimal monastery”. The only exceptions is the guest house, which comes in the form of a traditional samurai home, that her art dealer, Axel Vervoordt, used to own.

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