Kanye West’s vision for his Wyoming compound is not a singular one. According to a new feature in the Wall Street Journal Magazine, the multihyphenate has been consulting with architect Claudio Silerstrin and light artist James Turrell to imagine the perfect self-sustaining property. West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, purchased two separate ranches near Cody, Wyoming, last fall, with the intention of combining them into a mega-ranch where the rapper can establish headquarters for his clothing brand, Yeezy.
According to the the newWSJ interview, West’s plans include numerous “ecological and waste-recycling systems” on the property, including “a vegetable garden, orchards, a pond, and something labeled ‘bio pool.’” A particularly attention-grabbing feature will be what has been dubbed a “urine garden,” or “an aquaponic-like system that converts human waste into plant food.” Other plans for the property include a skate park and something the Grammy-winner referred to as a “hydrogen pulse detonation pump” that will help feed the property’s water supply and shower technology.
West was first rumored to have bought one of the ranches for $14 million back in September; around that same time, Kardashian revealed in an interview with Vogue Arabia that she anticipated a move to Wyoming in their family’s not-too-distant future (at least part-time). The original Wyoming ranch spans an impressive 4,000 acres and is home to 700 sheep (West told WSJ that he plans to use wool from the sheep in his clothing for added sustainability). The couple purchased the second ranch for $14.495 million in November. Known as Bighorn Mountain Ranch, it is an 6,713-acre estate featuring canyons, bluffs, mountains, creeks, and game-hunting grounds. There are several groupings of cabins and lodges throughout the property, including a main five-bedroom, four-bathroom log cabin known as the Lodge at Bald Ridge. West’s eventual hope, he told WSJ, is to employ former prisoners in apparel factories on-site in Wyoming, and to build the dome-shaped housing prototypes that he initially attempted to build in Calabasas, but which were demolished last fall after he reportedly failed to secure building permits and was ordered to stop work (the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works also fined him for lack of permits).
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest