25 years ago, Pierre Cardin was hunting for a summer home that would fit his style; both chic and space-age. In Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, he found a partially constructed home that caught his fancy. Designed in the 70s by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, an equally legendary man in his field, the bubble house was being built for a French businessman, who died midway through construction. After the death of the first owner, Cardin swooped in and completed the work.
Domed inside and out, the curved structure resembles a bunch of space-age grapes, or a series of submarine pods. The bubble house is futuristic yet organic, with lots of built-in furniture and oval, convex windows. Combined with the bright blue skies above Cannes and the intermittent palm tree, the house loses its abstract appearance and gives way to unadulterated high fashion and the lifestyles of the upper class.
Although the luscious pale-blue of the pool looks too appealing to pass up a trip to Cannes, don't book your ticket quite yet. The bubble house was famous for hosting events and festivals, but the host is a few months from 90 years old and parties at the bubble house were as exclusive as Cardin's clothing lines.
The Bubble House has been listed as a historical monument by the French ministry of culture. The design is meant to take optimal advantage of the volcanic Côte d’Azur landscape, and its windows certainly provide a beautiful view of the Mediterranean.