Architecture is meant to inspire, mesmerize and ometimes even shock. But some buildings go even further and challenge our conceptions about straight lines, size and any idea of what a building should be.
A vacation to the French Riviera calls for a visit to the summer home of designer Pierre Cardin. Aptly named Palais Bulles, or "Palace of Bubbles," Cardin's home is located in the town of Théoule-sur-Mer, near Cannes. The home was designed in the mid-1970s by architect Antti Lovag, who built his first bubble house for Pierre Bernard in 1971. The building's curved walls and domed structures resemble the figure of a woman. (Courtesy Pierre Cardin )