High above the umbrella-dotted beaches and glittering blue Mediterranean, the Palais Bulles clings to the coastline of the French Riviera like the chicest of barnacles in a sea of lush green. Made up of a series of bulbous rooms—the namesake bubbles—the Palais, or Bubble Palace, is an architectural wonder, with a terracotta-colored exterior that really pops against its blue and green surroundings.
Listed for sale for an undisclosed amount, this contemporary estate near the city of Théoule-sur-Mer, on France’s southeastern coast, was designed by architect Antti Lovag and built between 1975 and 1989. The almost 13,000-square-foot interior boasts a panoramic lounge, a large reception room, and 10 bedroom suites decorated and furnished by contemporary artists to mirror the home's spherical theme. (Even the beds are round!) Nods to the home's curvy appeal appear throughout, with rounded sofas, spiral staircases, and arching doorways.
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Most of the rooms have expansive views of the water through the structure’s many circular windows (including several domed skylights), which also ensure that the interior is flooded with natural light.
Outside, the estate has more than 90,000 square feet of grounds, which include gardens, ponds, and several swimming pools—plus a 500-seat amphitheater that overlooks the bay of Cannes. The gated compound has no close neighbors, providing privacy and unobstructed water views to its residents and guests.
Formerly owned by designer Pierre Cardin, the Palais has hosted countless glamorous celebrations; it is also close to major destinations like Cannes and Antibes. It is currently listed for sale by Michaël and Heathcliff Zingraf of Christie’s International Real Estate. Scroll on for more images of this bubbly abode:
Photos: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate