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May 17, 2005

Antti Lovag 'Bubble House' — For Sale

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The house (above and below), in Tourette–sur–Loup, high on a hillside behind Nice, France, is only 35 years old yet it's already listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture.

Though construction began in 1970 and has so far cost $7,500,000 the house is unfinished, with completion estimated to require another $1,250,000.

Lovag is an 85–year–old Hungarian architect committed to the concept of organic architecture inspired by shapes and forms found in nature.

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The bubble house has been his consuming passion; he still lives on the grounds.

The owner, a French financier in his nineties, is offering the house for $3,000,000, less than half what he's spent on it.

The house has panoramic views of the sea and is totally secluded, a rarity on its stretch of the Côte d'Azur.

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It consists of a series of bubbles covered in oval, convex windows, the whole assemblage set into the volcanic rock hillside.

Lovag has agreed to help the new buyer finish the house without any additional fee.

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According to an article on the house by Michael Cassell that appeared in the May 14 Financial Times, Lovag is in love with "freedom, serenity and well–being," and believes the sort of living space he creates can achieve that.

The architect has designed three other bubble houses on the same stretch of coastline, one of which is now the summer villa of Pierre Cardin.

Back in the early eighties Cardin was looking for a house in Cannes but couldn't stand the prospect of one of the cookie–cutter villas that had multiplied all along the Côte d'Azur.

He happened across a construction site where Lovag was building a house for an industrialist.

The industrialist died before the house could be completed, so Cardin stepped in and bought it.

Thought termed by some "one part house, two parts hallucination," Cardin considers it his dream house.

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Posted by: Ema | May 5, 2009 11:33:17 AM

hi there-I am trying to find out if these bubbles houses are available for hire as we would like to shoot a music video for Girls Aloud at one of them.

Many Thanks

Lizzie Dixey

Posted by: lizzie dixey | Apr 22, 2008 7:59:04 AM

The Bubble House is in the final phase of completion. The present owners have spent the last three years working with Antti to complete the house to his original specification. It should be complete within the next few months. It is looking truly spectacular. It is possibly one of the most amazing houses in the world!

Posted by: jo | Mar 7, 2008 3:34:34 AM

SAW THE BUBBLE ON A TV PROGRAMME LAST NIGHT, I THINK THE PROGRAMME WAS CIRCA 2004, HAS THE BUBBLE BEEN COMPLETED YET, IT LOOKED FANTASTIC ON THE INSIDE, IF YOU HAVE ANY NEWS ON THE BUBBLE LET ME KNOW

Posted by: PAUL | Jan 29, 2008 5:10:27 AM

i would love to live in this house!!! let me know when i can afford it!!!

Posted by: kwithrow | Jan 16, 2008 1:10:29 PM

well this is really awesome. specially for me i am architect. and if you check in our web you will see why.i love desing and recently we made i natural house in spain with the same concepts.
www.moscosoarquitectura.com.bo

Posted by: JAVIER MOSCOSO TEJADA | Nov 1, 2007 5:33:08 PM

This is an absolutely awsome house, and I wish that it was mine!

Posted by: Nick | Mar 9, 2006 7:02:11 AM

i will ofer you 4,000,000 for this house. please let me buy it love berguss

Posted by: berguss elison | Jan 2, 2006 12:46:24 PM

i love this house and will over 10,000,000 to buy it now.

Posted by: berguss | Jan 2, 2006 12:41:01 PM

Hi ! I don't have understood something The house in Tourrettes sur Loup is for sale ?

Because Daniel BORD 's house in Festes et St andré is for sale. Sure.
When you say a French financier is offering the house, which one.
Me i live in nice, and i would like to see the house in Tourrettes sur loup. Can you help me ?
Bye Anne

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