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Take a tour of the most expensive home in Europe

The unusual mansion is asking $455 million

August 13, 2016 10:00AM
By Business Insider

Palais Bulles

Palais Bulles

Palais Bulles — or the “Bubble Palace” as it’s better known — in Cannes, France, is the most expensive property in Europe.

As its name suggests, the $455 million (£351.7 million) home,listed by Christie’s International Real Estate, makes an impression with its striking futuristic architecture, designed to look like a cluster of bubbles.

Once famously owned by the fashion designer Pierre Cardin, the eccentric 10-bedroom abode has a spherical living room and vast gardens complete with swimming pools and ponds.

Can’t afford to buy the place? Take a quick tour of some of its rooms below:

It’s not hard to see why this place is known as the Bubble Palace. Designed by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag and built between 1975 and 1989, the property looks more like a mini village than a home.

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The living room has a space age-themed decor, echoing the saucer-like shape of the “bubbles” that make up the home. Even the sofa is round.

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This reception room is decorated with some seriously odd furniture.

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One of 10 suites designed by contemporary artists, this one has a seafront view, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and the bay of Cannes. The bubble theme continues in this room too, where there’s a round bed and circular window.

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In one of the bathrooms, which looks more like a spa, the sink and bath are curved. You won’t find any straight lines in this house.

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Even the staircase does away with straight angles.

Antti Lovag; Staircase at Palais Bulles, 1989.

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Outside, the gardens are spread across more than 91,000 square feet, including swimming pools and water ponds — all of which are circular, of course.

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A testament to the dramatic style of the house, the property even has its own auditorium. It seats up to 500 people for events and concerts, and has a stunning view of the sea.

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At night, the lights from inside the “palace” reflected in the pool give it an ethereal feel.

And from above, the home looks just as beautiful as it does at ground level.

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