Pierre Cardin’s wacky £300m Bubble Palace hits the market again

The wacky £300million bubble mansion on the French Riviera owned by fashion designer Pierre Cardin has hit the market again five years after it was last listed.

Photographs reveal the bizarre property’s curved design, with standout features including ten unique suites, 11 bathrooms, three swimming pools, luxurious gardens and an amphitheatre that seats 500 with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

Italian-born Cardin, 97, bought the wacky Palais Bulles, or Bubble Palace, at auction in the early 90s after the death of its French industrialist owner and used it to host many debauched after-parties and runway shows over the decades.  

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Bubble Palace, owned by fashion designer Pierre Cardin, has hit the market again, five years after it was last listed

Photographs reveal the bizarre property's curved design, with standout features including ten unique suites, three swimming pools, luxurious gardens and an amphitheatre that seats 500

Photographs reveal the bizarre property’s curved design, with standout features including ten unique suites, three swimming pools, luxurious gardens and an amphitheatre that seats 500

The Palais Bulles' theatre, which overhangs the sea, caused trouble when it was added on to the original structure. Cardin went ahead with the project even though he did not receive planning permission

The Palais Bulles’ theatre, which overhangs the sea, caused trouble when it was added on to the original structure. Cardin went ahead with the project even though he did not receive planning permission

Star-studded: The famous faces who have posed for at the Bubble Palace include Prince Harry's gorgeous ex-beau, Cressida Bonas (pictured)The uber-eccentric pad was once hired by high-end fashion house Dior for a show to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival. Cressida Bonas was one of the high-profile models

Star-studded: The famous faces who have posed at the Bubble Palace include Prince Harry’s gorgeous ex-beau, Cressida Bonas (pictured) 

Stars on his guestlists included the likes of Marion Cotillard, Rhys Ifans, Dakota Fanning and Pierce Brosnan, and even Prince Harry’s ex-beau Cressida Bonas. They have all posed under its terracotta-coloured bubbles during shows or parties. And scenes of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie were shot there.

Cardin last listed the futuristic home in 2015 for £300million but it appears it did not attract any takers and now it has been put back on sale.

It is now on the market with Christies International Real Estate and although the price of the architectural masterpiece is under wraps, it is estimated the house will attract offers of around £305million. 

The website describes the property as being at the ‘forefront of contemporary architecture’.  

Cardin last listed the futuristic home in 2015 for £300million but it appears it did not attract any takers

Cardin last listed the futuristic home in 2015 for £300million but it appears it did not attract any takers

Cardin's home is now on the market with Christies International Real Estate. The website describes the property as being at the 'forefront of contemporary architecture'

Cardin’s home is now on the market with Christies International Real Estate. The website describes the property as being at the ‘forefront of contemporary architecture’

The Bubble Palace is built over six undulating levels on a rocky outcrop of the Massif de L'Esterel - a volcanic mountain range known for its red hues

The Bubble Palace is built over six undulating levels on a rocky outcrop of the Massif de L’Esterel – a volcanic mountain range known for its red hues

The 1,200-square-metre mega-complex was built between 1975 and 1989 by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who died aged 84 in 2014.

He was inspired by ‘ancestral homes’ such as prehistoric caves for the forms of his buildings, which is why you won’t see many right-angles inside the Bubble Palace.

It is built over six undulating levels on a rocky outcrop of the Massif de L’Esterel – a volcanic mountain range known for its red hues.

According to Cardin, who has dressed some of the world’s most beautiful women, the round forms are inspired by ‘the body of a woman’ and ‘everything is absolutely sensual’.  



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