Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace, that was recently placed on the market for the $335 million, becomes the most expensive home in Europe and one of the world’s most visually fascinating structures. Nestled on a rocky cliff within Massif de L’Esterel, a volcanic mountain range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, the 13,000 square feet mansion includes gardens with ponds and swimming pools that “artistically reflect the architecture both during the day and when lit at night.”
At the edge of the cliff is a 500-seat, open-air auditorium with views of the Mediterranean and the Bay of Cannes. The Bubble House was an ideal venue for a Pierre Cardin show in October 2008 and a set for the Dior show by Raf Simons for the cruise 2016 season.
The Italian-born French fashion designer Pierre Cardin became the second owner of the Bubble Palace in 1989. The mansion was designed by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who envisioned the home as a futuristic, cavelike structure. The mansion, that was built between 1975 and 1989 and, is easily recognizable due to its Space Age appearance and vistas of the Riviera coastline through circular windows and portals. The connecting bubble, each representing one room each, are spread across six levels on 1.75 acres. Featuring 10 bedrooms, the residence also has curved bathroom fixtures.