When the avant-garde designer Pierre Cardin was looking for a new home he threw caution to the wind. The Palace of Bubbles or “Palais Bulles” was the brainchild of architect Antti Lovag. Built in 1989 in the town of Théoule-sur-Mer 10 km outside Cannes, the house sprawls across the red cliffs of the Esterel, commanding stunning views across the Mediterranean.
Renowned for its all night revelry, the Palais Bulles has become a favourite haunt of the European social elite. Rented out for only the most exclusive parties, it is always the star attraction. The 13,000 square foot house sits in over two acres of land and has 28 rooms, each designed in the shape of a bubble.
It has everything an avant-garde designer could want, from swimming pools.
To a 500 seat amphitheater.
Each of the ten bedrooms was designed by a different contemporary artist, including Patrice Breteau, Jerome Tisserand and Daniel You.
Lovag’s radical spherical building block is a stunning experiment in architecture and a radical departure from convention. Although, his work is admired by many, Lovag does not have a long list of clients. This may have something to do with the conditions he stipulates before starting any project; “I don’t know what it’s going to be like, I don’t know when it’s going to be finished, and I don’t know how much it’s going to cost.” Despite this, he has created an architectural masterpiece overlooking the Mediterranean. A building which imagines a new way of living without a straight line in sight.