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AD Classics: Palais Bulles / Antti Lovag

AD Classics: Palais Bulles / Antti Lovag
AD Classics: Palais Bulles / Antti Lovag, © Ken Sparkes
© Ken Sparkes

© Sepientia © Sepientia © Modern Design Interior © Ken Sparkes +20

From the architect. Fittingly named Palais Bulles, or "Palace of Bubbles," this residence represents the fundamental ideas of architect Antti Lovag, who views architecture as a "form of play- spontaneous, joyful, full of surprise." Built in 1989, it rests on a rocky cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

© Sepientia
© Sepientia

Also known as the Pierre Cardin house, the bubble-f0rms of the architecture have created the most visible and well-known structures of Antti Lovag. 

© Sepientia
© Sepientia

The backdrop of many editorial fashion photographs, Palais Bulles is often rented out for film festival parties and other grand events. Although most reactions to the building are visual, an important aspect of architecture in Lovag's designs are how they can be inhabited, a term he coined as habitology.

© Modern Design Interior
© Modern Design Interior

"Whether for economic reasons or lack of technical solutions, human beings have confined themselves to cubes full of dead ends and angles that impede our movement and break our harmony." This explains Lovag's interest in the complexity of spherical and spheroidal rooms that constitute Palais Bulles. To Lovag, the straight line is "an aggression against nature," human nature to be more specific.

© Modern Design Interior
© Modern Design Interior

Lovag's point is that the motion of our arms and legs throughout space trace circles, similar to a circular field of vision. "Conviviality is a circular phenomenon. 

© Ken Sparkes
© Ken Sparkes

The circle structures the way human life is carried out." He explored this idea throughout his career, building prototypes and experimental structures that reflected his theories on the human body and it's occupation of space.

© Modern Design Interior
© Modern Design Interior

The spherical forms create sensuous interior spaces when they intersect, a bit foreign to the architect's eye but beautiful nonetheless. Placement of the windows are typically chosen by the clients of Lovag directly on site, without any prior considerations to where he wanted to feature them.

© Modern Design Interior
© Modern Design Interior

Another reason why the circle is so present in his architecture is because it "is the simplest construction; it has just one dimension, the radius." This is unsurprisingly transformed into the three dimensional sphere, which is the lightest, strongest, most material-efficient form of them all.

© Modern Design Interior
© Modern Design Interior

Lovag's radical spherical building block is a foil to the known rules of architecture and the known conventions of the standard orthogonal system. Although his work is admired by many, Lovag does not have a long list of clients. This may have something to do with his philosophy, three conditions he respects; "I don't know what it's going to be like, I don't know when it's going to be finished, and I don't know how much it's going to cost."

© Modern Design Interior
© Modern Design Interior

All spheres are constructed of lightweight mesh and rods, which are literally rolled around by Lovag and his accomplices (or clients) until they feel that the placement is appropriate. 

© Sepientia
© Sepientia

Concrete is then poured around the spherical frames to create what can be seen in the Palais Bulles. Lovag is not in the field for the money, but instead to pursue his passions in understanding architecture and the human body. Currently 90 years old, Lovag is still designing as he continues to study the nature of Man.

© Sepientia
© Sepientia
Cite: Megan Sveiven. "AD Classics: Palais Bulles / Antti Lovag" 19 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/103991/ad-classics-palais-bulles-antti-lovag/>
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BG · October 12, 2016

Its a sand people masion

Yamaguchi U · May 08, 2012

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DoorandWindowParts · April 14, 2012

What a house with virtually zero corners/square edges looks like. We take you to: the bubble house http://t.co/MGwx0M9d via @archdaily

No Way Jose · March 29, 2012

this house right? (id get it in white tho) ...http://bit.ly/HjtJsC http://t.co/PyXZ9P6J

Fears and Kahn · February 09, 2012

Pierre #Cardin House:http://t.co/7eDlE39x Amazing radical French bubble #house designed in 1989 @archdaily #Architecture #Interiors #Design

Tsukiyo · October 19, 2011

The curves and organic form of the building remind me of Gaudi. A very amazing building, almost fantasy.

Serenity+Chaos · September 20, 2011

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Henrique Venske · August 01, 2011

Uma casa em formato de bolhas: http://ow.ly/5QEHN

Revista Inventa · August 01, 2011

Uma casa em formato de bolhas: http://ow.ly/5QEHN

Bruno Bellomo · July 11, 2011

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mariana almeida · February 04, 2011

momento arquitetura http://bit.ly/dWWsm6 muito bomm!!!

Marcel Gomes · January 28, 2011

Hobbit house!

missquesta · January 24, 2011

Amazing #architecture! "Palais Bulles" (Pierre Cardin house) by Antti Lovag http://t.co/5wshbQ1 via @archdaily

Roberto Pino Pernau · January 22, 2011

La casa de los Barba-Papá http://bit.ly/hChqzI , exelente!

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Stel · January 21, 2011

like that Christine @_gaspar – Architecture classics: Palais Bulles by Antti Lovag http://t.co/mf0K5GG”

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Zinneke · January 20, 2011

A Pierre Cardin's Property :)

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Marcilio Avelino · January 20, 2011

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André Amaral · January 20, 2011

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Aegir Hallmundur · January 20, 2011

The Pierre Cardin house, all this talk of curves, and yet the floor is perfectly flat: http://t.co/roIYtV2

Tom · January 20, 2011

I see Bilbo Baggins pimped his gaff

bLogHouse · January 21, 2011 02:48 PM

yep, a hobit's dream home :-)
Still, great spaces inside!

dekky kurniawan · January 20, 2011

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A.C.Id. · January 20, 2011

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Marco Giovanardi · January 20, 2011

AD Classics: Palais Bulles / Antti Lovag
http://t.co/R13Btyy
Per me a Lovag gli piacievano le forme curve :-D

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munter roe · January 20, 2011

First thought after viewing cover image was that they editors are now showcasing water parks!

Shocked at how well the interior spaces work and the high level of interior finish achieved.

Great work.

Anyone got any sections? lol

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Monsieur Cedric · January 20, 2011

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shetu · January 20, 2011

“I don’t know what it’s going to be like, I don’t know when it’s going to be finished, and I don’t know how much it’s going to cost.”

Like it

Wing · January 20, 2011

So funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnny???
I adore such a cute and happy building

Monsieur Cedric · January 20, 2011

Fantastic,

I'm glad Archdaily wrote an article about Antti Lovag's masterpiece, as I suggested them a week ago.

It's one of the most beautiful house in the world. Priceless.
Not to mention the house is one of the only place where you can see both the bay of Cannes and the bay of Nice from.
Great article. I'll promote on facebook and all...

Tarek · January 20, 2011

This is beyond amazing

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