Palais Bulles, the eccentric
Architecture & Design

Palais Bulles, the eccentric "Bubble Palace" on the French Riviera

Palais Bulles,Francia

Palais Bulles, the eccentric

Palais Bulles, is an incredible structure and among the most unusual in the world. It is an absolutely out of the ordinary home created from a variety of bubbles and rounded shapes connected together in a splendid labyrinth. This sculpture home was built between 1975 and 1989 by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag for a French industrialist. It was then sold to the famous designer, now deceased, Pierre Cardin who used it as his summer residence as well as the location for some of his most spectacular fashion shows.

Le Palais Bulles, also known as “Maison Bulle” or “Bubble House”, is located on the French Riviera, perched on a cliff in Théoule-sur-Mer just a few miles from Cannes. This architectural wonder, rigorously composed of rounded shapes, was designed without corners or edges with the objective of adapting every space to primordial human needs. It was a futuristic house from conception, yet it somehow achieved to maintain prehistoric cave references. The entire complex, with warm colors and sinuous lines, covers an area of 13,000 square feet, in addition to having ten bedrooms and a gigantic 3700 square foot living room, along with 3 swimming pools, basins and fountains enriched by water features, a splendid tropical garden and an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 500 people.

Each room of the Palais Bulles has been decorated by contemporary artists of great caliber such as François Chauvin, Patrice Breteau and Gérard Cloarec, and the furnishings are designed in similar spherical shapes. Even the windows and light fixtures follow suit. This home has become one of the most important symbols of futurist architecture of the seventies. The building was included in the list of "Historical Monuments of the French Ministry of Culture" in 1999 and in 2016. After a five-year renovation, carried out by the French architect Odile Decq, it was put up for sale at an exorbitant sum of 400 million euro, a record real estate price for Europe.

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