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Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House ‘Palais Bulles’

Arevolutionary house designed by the architect Antti Lovag, the Palais Bulles (Bubble House) is at the cutting edge of contemporary architecture. This unique house consisting of a collection of bubbles plunges visitors into a futuristic setting with an extravagant, festive atmosphere!..In designing this palace, Antti Lovag architect proposes a new form of appropriation of space. habitat builds now so natural curves in the environment. Finished corners and edges that bound so hard living spaces.

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Facing the bay of Cannes, the favorite residence of fashion designer Pierre Cardin. palace A non-standard, This unusual place of 1200m ² area consists of a lecture hall (500 seats), a reception room, a panoramic lounge, and 10 suites. Pools and gardens extend over 8500m ² of land. Floor to ceiling windows, walls windows, waving and everything is spherical. extend these feminine forms in decorating with furniture custom designed to fit harmoniously architecture by contemporary artists.

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The panoramic lounge, the reception room and the 10 suites decorated by contemporary artists like Jérôme Tisserand and François Chauvin draw every guest into a weird and wonderful world apart. The 500-seat open-air auditorium with its 370 m² stage overlooks the Mediterranean sea with a breathtaking view over the Bay of Cannes.

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The gardens, ponds and pools extend like the Garden of Eden over more than 8500 m². The Palais Bulles will provide you with an original setting for all your events, ‘soirées’, cocktail parties and TV programmes that will make people sit up and take notice.

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The house, in Tourette–sur–Loup, high on a hillside behind Nice, France, is only 35 years old yet it’s already listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture.Though construction began in 1970 and has so far cost $7,500,000 the house is unfinished, with completion estimated to require another $1,250,000.

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Lovag is an 85–year–old Hungarian architect committed to the concept of organic architecture inspired by shapes and forms found in nature. The bubble house has been his consuming passion. The owner, a French financier in his nineties, is offering the house for $3,000,000, less than half what he’s spent on it.

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House’s Featured:

  • Gardens & Pools: This house sculpture color ocher fits perfectly into the site and blends with the color of the Esterel mountains. Overlooking the sea and dotting the terraces, pools, ponds and fountains.
  • Amphitheater: The amphitheater of 500 seats of 370 m².
  • Suites & Rooms: In the circular maze of the palace, we find 10 rooms decorated by contemporary artists Patrice Breteau, Jerome Tisserand, Daniel You, François Chauvin, Gerard Cloarec … They all have a different charm, a certain originality due to space the palace, and stunning views of the bay and gardens.
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  • Reception room: When you enter this superb reception room of 500 m², the eye follows the curves and volumes. This space is perfectly suited to the morphology and movement. ideal venue for this evenings can accommodate 350 people seated.
  • Panoramic lounge: On a rocky promontory, overlooking the Mediterranean, the panoramic lounge is a invitation to dream with its large windows which become engorged light radiation from the sun and the waves.
  • The house has panoramic views of the sea and is totally secluded, a rarity on its stretch of the Côte d’Azur.
  • Pierre Cardin style: “Art is a passion, it is a support of my entire life. To make the shape becomes real proportions and online are paramount. I like to draw in absolute terms, without the constraints of angles of corridors, rooms or walls. “
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Pierre Cardin:

“Some years ago I became the new owner of the Maison Bulles of Pierre Bernard, who had stated in his will that he wanted work on his “bubble house” to carry on after his death. So from 1992, working with Antti Lovag, the creator of this architectural folly, this is what I set out to do.

Round shapes have always inspired me; cellular forms have for years seemed to me the physical expression of my ideal environment. And this house clinging to the rocky outcrops of the Estérel massif—beyond time, beyond convention—has become a little corner of paradise for me. Something of a gallery of living art, in a state of perpetual motion, the Palais Bulles is for me a constant and powerful image of creativity—an image that will leave behind it a legacy of civilization!

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From personal taste, and also because I enjoy being a patron of the arts (however much I may protest otherwise), I also wanted to exhibit works by young artists and designers here. And for the fun of it I built an amphitheater where I could stage open-air events.

A crossroads of the arts, a center of exchange and discovery, the Palais Bulles is now a space for living in the image of my own designs, a source of peace and of energy.

In the nomadic life I lead, in my search for the absolute, as crazy as it is marvelous, no other place offers me the depth of sustenance and support that I feel at the Palais Bulles.”

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About: Antti Lovag

Born in Hungary in 1920 of a Russian father and a Finnish mother, Antti Lovag following first courses in naval architecture in Stockholm in Sweden before continuing his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he arrived in 1947.

He made his debut in particular with the architect Jean Prouvé.

From the 1960s Lovag Antti says “habitologue” and experimenting with architects Haüsermann Pascal , Jean-Louis Chanéac and Jacques Couëlle the organic architecture inspired by the forms of Nature to imagine houses more natural, in harmony with the morphology of human. He extends his work to furniture houses that fit the curves.

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In 1971 he began the construction of the Maison Bernard , his first bubble house in Port-La-galley with the patronage of Lyon industrialist Pierre Bernard.

From 1975 to 1989 he built the Palais Bulles of Pierre Cardin in Théoule-sur-Mer purchased in 1989 by fashion designer Pierre Cardin.

From 1986 to 1989 he built his third house bubble: the Gaudet House in Tourrettes-sur-Loup , classified as a historical monument by the Ministry of Culture in 1998.

On the Côte d’Azur , Antti Lovag also sign the “Maison des Jeunes Picaud” at Cannes , the “complex astronomical college Valeri” in Nice , the “leisure complex college of Esterel” in Saint-Raphael , the ” laboratory interferometry Astronomical Observatory of Côte d’Azur “in Calern.

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Project Data:

Project name: Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House ‘Palais Bulles’
Location: 33 Boulevard de l’Estérel, 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer, France
Coordinates: 43.488724, 6.943550

  • Type By Characteristic: Modern House, Luxury House
  • Type By Site: Hill House
  • Type By Size: Large House – (more than 650 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Concrete House

Guest Capacity:

  • 350 people for luncheon/dinner parties
  • 500 people for cocktail parties

Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Site Area: 8,500 sqm
Project Year: 1975 – 1989
Status: Built
Completion Year: 1989

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Pierre Cardin
Architects: Antti Lovag – Hungary
Text Description: © Courtesy of Antti Lovag
Images: © Pierre Cardin, Antti Lovag

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