Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House

Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House

the bubble house

© Ken Sparkes. Photo source: archdaily.com

Pierre Cardin’s summer residence is just like his designs: instantly recognizable and strikingly original. Resting on a rocky cliff with a beautiful view over the Mediterranean Sea and the red cliffs of the Esterel, the Bubble House stands out through its futuristic look defined by numerous oval, convex windows.

Located in the town of Théoule-sur-Mer, at just 10 km outside Cannes, the avant garde villa was built between 1979 and 1984 by renowned Hungarian architect Antti Lovag who viewed architecture as a “form of play- spontaneous, joyful, full of surprise.”  

Originally, Bubble House was meant to be the home of a French industrialist but he died before the project was completed. By chance the fashion designer was looking for a new home in the area by the same period of time, so when the owner died he bought the house without hesitation.

Bubble House has 1,200 square meters (12,916 sq ft) of living and over 8,500 square meters (2.1 acres) of land. The house has 28 round rooms, including a 500-seat amphitheater, reception room, panoramic lounge, and 10 suites.

As well as the exterior, the beds, the furniture, and the walls, all are bubble-shaped. Each of the 10 bedrooms was decorated by a different contemporary artist like Jerome Tisserand Daniel You, Patrice Breteau, François Chauvin, Gerard Cloarec, etc.

As for materials, they are also not of the most ordinary. Instead of traditional wood and metal, Lovag decided to use polyester, foam and plastic (at Cardin’s insistence).

The Bubble House is largely rented out for fashion photo shoots, film festival parties and other grand events.

bubble house bedroom

©Sepientia. Photo source: archdaily.com

bubble house interior

© Ken Sparkes. Photo source: archdaily.com

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