As we here are interested in all things retro future, not just steampunk (because i could, if i wanted, i’m not saying i will, i’m just saying i could write a trilogy of operas: after The Steampunk Opera wuold be The Dieselpunk Opera and The Atompunk Opera. utterly different in structure and music genre, the through line all would share is the city of New Albion. It’s banging around my head although i ignore it utterly and tell it to go away because i need to make The Steampunk Opera into a smash success first and foremost, and there is a long road ahead for simply that. So nevermind. Let’s look at cool architecture.)
Architecture! Right. So, i introduce you now to Antti Lovag, a Hungarian/Russian/Jewish/Finnish architect who in the 1960s invented an Atompunk wet dream: The Bubble House.
This is where i want to live. You may all pitch in a buy it for me. In return you may visit and i will get you drunk.
Antti Lovag, born in 1925 grew up following his travelling father, then entered the finnish army and ended up as a war prisonner of the russian at the age of 19.
He then became a student of the Institut of Urbanism in Paris school of Architecture before working in France and travelling around the world. Finally he built his first bubble house in the 60′s, after taking part in several inhabitat associations.
But of course, his best known work is the astonishing Le Maison Bulles:
Jaw dropping Utterly. Interestingly, despite his acclaim, his list of clients is not large. This is because his building philosophyincludes the motto: “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.”
Case in point: this majestic creation. Le Palias Bulles, just outside of Cannes was begun in 1970. A wealthy French industrialist sank 7 million into it, and still it was not completed. Finally, in 2005 it was bought by Pierre Cardin, the fashion designer, and completed.
One of the Atompunkish retro future things EVER. That was Le Maison Bulle by Antti Lovag.