Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace living room

This amazing house is a trip both backward and forward in time – a vision of what designers from the past thought the future might look like. Strangest of all: it is a vintage futurism about as far from modern-day reality as one could have guessed … or was it?

Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace from above

Pierre Cardin “was known for his avant-garde style and his space age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. He introduced the “bubble dress” in 1954.” In short: he was on the edge – though perhaps not the cutting edge – of design for his time.

Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace bedroom

Bubble-shaped spaces and skylights define areas and light throughout the amorphous, organic and blob-like structure. Fun, fanciful and whimsical sum up the experience of the place quite well. Everything is about fluidity, curves – a kind of warp-drive vision of futuristic living that never quite came to pass, with an implicit belief that perhaps we would even grow our own abodes.

Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace interior
Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace bathroom

But was it so far-fetched after all? Certainly, no one could have predicted the rise of Postmodernist architects like Frank Gehry – and other who, like him, have been driven to design fantastically unpredictable forms. Without our ‘space-age’ 3D modeling capabilities and the computers up to handling their load-intensive tasks, none of their contemporary buildings would have been possible. And who knows, with the rise of nanotechnology maybe we will one down plant and grow organic houses from the ground up.

Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace roof
Pierre Cardin Bubble Palace view

Via The Guardian, where you can see more photos:

“The Bubble Palace was built between 1975 and 1989 by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, who wanted to design a home that mimicked prehistoric human dwellings in caves. Its undulating lines, circular spaces and lack of corners were the trademarks of Lovag, who said he considered the straight line to be ‘an aggression against nature’. With 10 bedroom suites to choose from, at least no one has to share bathrooms. A big headache for guests must be deciding which way round to sleep on the circular beds.”