Antii Lovag’s Palais Bulles (The Bubble Palace)

In lecture today (November 15) we watched a film in class that talked about the Palais Bulles, which in English means the Bubble Palace. This house caught my attention because of the way it was designed. It was designed by Antii Lovag, built in 1989 in Cannes that overlooked the beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea. Home to famous avant-garde designer Pierre Cardin, who bought the Palais Bulles for around £5 million noted by an online article called The Telegraph. Cardin has made the bubble house well known for grand events and parties. Helen Roux, another owner of a bubble house and friend of Antii Lovag explained in the film that his design of the house was meant to stray from the geometrical lines and right angles because in the natural world, there are no geometrical lines or right angles it contains curvature. Right angles are not necessary,” Lovag said. “The advantage of the sphere is that it is in tune with nature and the human body.”[1] His idea was to go back to the roots of our ancestral habitat such as caves and dwellings.[2]

Night Time

Lovag would create all of the furniture inside prior to creating the spheres, and the furniture would be integrated so that they can move around on a swivel.  All of the spheres were constructed out of lightweight mesh and rods. Concrete was then poured around the spherical frames to create what can be seen in the Palais Bulles.[3] As for the materials,Cardin thought it would be interesting to, instead of using traditional wood and metal, they would experiment with plastic, foam, and polyester.[4] From The Telegraph, the village mayor of Festes-et-Saint-André in France, Daniel Bord who also lives in a bubble house said that there are some disadvantages to a house of this nature and that is that it is difficult to measure a round object and that the maintenance of the exterior is challenging because the bubbles need repainting every four to five years.[5] However, I think that design of the house outweighs the disadvantages because the natural look of the exterior while the  interior contains integrated furniture and having it stand out from every other house in the area makes it unique.

Bottom Image: Birds Eye View

Top Image: Interior View

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/3340944/Curves-in-all-the-right-places.html

[2] http://twistedsifter.com/2011/04/pierre-cardins-bubble-house-palais-bulles-antti-lovag

[3] ibid.

[4] ibid.

[5] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/3340944/Curves-in-all-the-right-places.html

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