Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz Show Off Beautiful California Mansion
American singer Alicia Keys and her hit-producer husband Swizero Beatz have opened the doors to their art-filled California mansion to Architectural Digest.
The stunning modernist mansion located in the mountains north of San Diego made of white concrete, and glass rises from the cliffside.
Nicknamed the ”Razor House” after the nearby Razor Point Trail, the couple describes the mansion as their “Dreamland”.
Architectural Digest rumours the mansion which overlooks the Pacific Ocean inspired Tony Stark’s mansion in the “Iron Man” franchise.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s home graces the cover story of Architectural Digest’s December issue.
Speaking to the magazine, Swizz Beatz shared that he set his heart on the home long before purchasing it.
In fact, the nearly 11,000-square-foot mansion’s photo had served as his phone wallpaper for eight years before the couple moved in.
“Every wall in this house, every bit of it, is sculpture,” he added. “These beautiful ‘S’ shapes, these chevrons going down the hillside, curvatures flying in space over your head. It’s more akin to sculpture than architecture.”
When the couple’s real estate agent informed him that the home was on the market, Dean was worried that Keys — who loved living on the East Coast — would be reluctant to move out west.
“She’s Miss New York,” he said. “They might as well make a sculpture of her the (new) Statue of Liberty.”
Keys changed her mind after the previous owner invited the couple to spend a weekend exploring the property.
She was convinced to relocate during a morning meditation session at the property as she watched parasailers float over a nearby mountain.
“In that moment, I felt like I was witnessing a beautiful metaphor, and I wanted to not ever forget how endless we are and how the unimaginable can happen,” she told Architectural Digest.
“That’s what did it for me. I was taken.”
After purchasing the home in 2019, the couple employed New York-based interior designer Kelly Behun to transform the space into their “Dreamland.”
The house has Moroccan wool rugs and velvet and shearling upholstery.
The building’s beautiful curves are echoed by key furniture items with rounded couches and circular coffee tables spotted throughout the house.
Prolific art collectors Keys and Swizz Beatz have decorated their home with tons of art. With a portfolio of over 1,000 artworks, amassed over two decades, the pair have lined their walls with museum-worthy pieces by the likes of KAWS and Jean Michel-Basquiat, not forgetting black artists like Kwame Brathwaite, Lauren Pearce and Burkinabe photographer Sanlé Sory.
Sentimental items are also woven into the home decor, including a baby grand piano that was gifted to Keys by her record label when she turned 16.