Visiting le Palais Bulles felt a bit like meeting a superstar who turns out to be super easy to approach, but hiding his best side from you.
My husband has been in love with bubble houses for ages, and this huge house designed & built by architect Antti Lovag is one of the superstars in its genre. Le Palais Bulles was built in the late 70s and early 80s and is now owned by fashion designer Pierre Cardin. Located at only 10 minutes from our temporary home, we drove up the hill and saw for ourselves. Unfortunately the house is closed to the public, except during a few summer concerts and corporate events, but what we saw from the outside (as seen above) was good, really good.
What struck me most:
► the color: the same pinkish earthy red as the nearby Estérel mountains ♥
► the accessibility: it's "just" another villa in a residential area
► the vastness of the entire house: it's so much bigger than I imagined (1200m²!)
► the pebble cactus plants near the fence: their simple shapes really compliment the palace
► the panoramic view over the bay of Cannes
According to Antti Lovag, it's the inside that counts, so now I'm on the lookout for tickets to any of the concerts next summer to truly experience Palais Bulles. I wonder if I could live in a home without any straight walls as it's the complete opposite of our home. Until then, there is this video of Pierre Cardin showing us around his house, filled with contemporary design pieces: