We want to talk today about a construction that shows us the most hedonistic and imaginative version of contemporary architecture. We refer to the Palais Bulles located in the town of Theole-sur-mer near the city of Cannes. A construction dominated by curved lines and whose name translated into Spanish already tells us about its appearance: Palacio de las Burbujas. That is why it is not surprising that critics have called it a sculptural house.
It was designed by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag and was built between 1975 and 1989, originally commissioned by a French industrialist. Although its second owner, the fashion designer Pierre Cardin, was much more famous. He acquired it and remembered that curved shapes had always been key in his designs and that even one of his most emblematic creations had been the Bubble Dress that he conceived in the 50s of the last century.
As a whole, the construction extends over 1,200 square meters and is made up of a large number of modules in the form of bubbles of different sizes. Some modules integrated into the green of the typical pines of this area of the French Riviera, as well as having different pools and waterfalls as a common link.
It's a design experiment in first-order construction. ButIn addition to that, other interior designer architects have dedicated themselves to the decoration of their rooms, in which all the furniture elements and accessories play again with curved and spherical shapes.
Interior of the Palais Bulles
Everything is ovals and circles from a bed to the large windows. And another identifying feature is color. The pink with which the entire terracotta "facade" has been painted on the outside dominates. But that same tone can flood the interior at times. Or the completely opposite tones are used, for example, the rather strong blue paint.
It is a very organic architecture, integrated as well as striking in that hill full of pine trees and facing the Mediterranean sea. There, a complex network of bubbles spreads out and ends up forming a set of a dozen bedrooms, a large panoramic hall or an amphitheater facing the sea. Without a doubt, its creator thought of a place for enjoyment and in keeping with the glamor of its location, the Cote d'Azur usual vacation spot for many European celebrities. That is why it is not uncommon that this property is currently one of the most expensive properties in the entire Old Continent.