Though straight lines and squares are what make up most homes today — round houses have been constructed throughout history.
John Hawkesworth’s The Flame Trees of Thika notes, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, that Afrikaners believed evil spirits could gather in the corners of square homes and couldn’t understand why the British lived in square buildings.
Mid-century architect Antti Lovag also was repelled by square design saying that “ . . human beings have confined themselves to cubes full of dead ends and angles that impede our movement and break our harmony.” He also stated that the straight line was “an aggression against nature.” That’s why Lovag designed Le Palais Bulles — the Bubble Palace — in Cannes, France, built between 1975 and 1989.
Fashion designer Pierre Cardin, creator of the famous Bubble Dress in 1958, purchased Le Palais Bulles at auction in the early 1990s as a vacation home, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. “Round shapes have always inspired me,” he said, explaining why he bought it.
The property, currently for sale, is not only notable for its design, but for its prices. List for around $456 million, it’s “by far Europe’s most expensive home,” according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
Each connecting bubbles, representing one room each, are spread across six levels on 1.75 acres. Featuring 10 bedrooms, the residence also has curved bathroom fixtures.
The home is located on a cliff with 180-degree-views over the Mediterranean, and 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.