The otherworldly estate owned by the late fashion designer mimics prehistoric cave dwellings with a Space Age twist.
On a rocky outcrop of the Massif de L’Esterel mountain range on the French Riveria, the iconic Le Palais Bulles, or Bubble Palace, has resurfaced on the market following the recent passing of its owner, legendary designer Pierre Cardin.
Cardin, who purchased the property in 1992 as a private events venue, was the second owner of the palatial property comprising a 13,000-square-foot luxury home with 29 rooms, a 500-seat open-air amphitheater overlooking the Mediterranean, a reception hall, and other amenities housed within a series of interconnected domes that inspired its name.
Constructed over 14 years and completed in 1989, the curvaceous compound was the magnum opus of avant-garde Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who designed the home for one of his biggest patrons, French industrialist Pierre Bernard. Lovag’s interest in spherical architecture stemmed from his belief that straight lines are an "aggression against nature" and that curves were better suited to the mobility of man.
Although Cardin never lived in the sculptural house since he owned other property nearby, the legendary designer told the French newspaper Le Figaro that he had "known nothing but happiness [here], including magical evenings and unforgettable parties. I’ve hosted many celebrities here."
In addition to hosting star-studded after-parties for the Cannes Film Festival and major fashion galas such as the Dior Cruise Collection 2016, Cardin rented out Le Palais Bulles for commercials and other events for approximately €30,000 a day.
"Clinging to the rocky Estérel, this palace has become my own bit of paradise," said Cardin. "Its cellular forms have long reflected the outward manifestations of the image of my creations. It is a museum where I exhibit the works of contemporary designers and artists."
Le Palais Bulles was originally listed in 2016 with an asking price of €350 million, which made it one of the most expensive properties in Europe at the time. The current price is undisclosed.