Although it has been 24 years since The Bubble House (fr. Palais Bulles), designed by famous Hungarian architect Antti Lovag was built, it still amazes with its stylish and futuristic appearance. It was made in 1989 for Pierre Bernard, but later it became property of a well-known French fashion designer Pierre Cardin.
The villa is located in the town of Théoule-sur-Mer, 10 km outside of Cannes, just enough to provide the impressive view of the bay. The house covers the total area of about 1200 square meters and consists of a reception hall, panoramic lounge, open-air amphitheater with 500 seats, 10 bedrooms, all decorated by various artists like Patrice Breteau, Jerome Tisserand, Daniel You, François Chauvin, Gerard Cloarec, etc. Therefore, every suite looks different.
The yard is 8,500 square meters large and includes swimming pools, fountains and ponds.
The name itself says enough about the looks of this construction. Everything including the interior, as well as the exterior, is bubble-shaped. They built the spherical walls by covering the frames of mesh and rods with concrete. Not only is the shape of the villa extraordinary, but also the material of which it was made of. Instead of standard materials, such as wood and metal, Lovag decided to use polyester, foam and plastic.
The façade is ocher, which makes it perfectly harmonized with the nature that surrounds it, while the social environment looks down on it, because it’s rentable for parties and similar elite happenings, so it’s often crowded with people and very noisy.
In the beginning people didn’t like the Palais Bulles, some of them called it “Crazy house”, but today, it’s very respected, and even though it’s not 40 years old, the French Ministry of Culture listed it among the national historic monuments.
Antti Lovag is devoted to round forms, because of the philosophy of his, which states that any other form- square or straight is against human nature, hence this amazing Pierre Cardin’s place of fun. watch video below
(German video below include English Subtitles)
Photo credits: Sepientia, Modern Design Interior & Ken Sparkes
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