French designer Pierre Cardin has put his eccentric Riviera estate on the market for $455 million. Built on a rocky cliff on Massif de L’Esterel, the futuristic cluster of semi-spherical residences is nicknamed “Palais Bulles” and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
The entire complex comprises 13,000 square feet divided between ten interconnected domes or 28 spherical rooms, three swimming pools, a 500-seat amphitheatre and several gardens. Asking price for the extravagant terracotta-coloured bubble estate is £300 as it features many improvements after the designer bought it at auction in the early 90s.
Some of Hollywood’s hottest starts and even certain European royalty are known to have attended Cardin’s infamous parties and fashion shows. The interior is just as bizarre and fashion-forward as the exterior, having been designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who claims his source of inspiration were the ‘ancestral homes’ such as pre-historic caves of humans.
The eccentric property is situated on six undulating levels of the Massif de L’Esterel, allowing guests to enjoy some of the best views on the Cote d’Azur. All rooms are decorated differently in keeping with the sensual round forms of the estate that the designer claims are ‘reminiscent of the female form’. Modern art, vivid colours and avant-garde wall paintings turn this residential property into a bespoke work of art.
Circular doorways and odd brass sculptures add to the unusual feel of the residence. The creative property is also available for rent at $13,300 per day if the sale price seems too steep.
It is a house that has become emblematic of Cardin’s aesthetic both on the catwalk and off it with no straight lines present in the interior, exterior or furniture. His love for sensual, natural and curvy lines shines through in the way the estate as been put together, making it truly a sight to marvel.