Rapper Drake opened up the door to his 50,000-square-foot Toronto mansion and dear Lord, LAVISH doesn’t even begin to describe this monstrosity of a home!
For Architectural Digest‘s May issue he discusses the inspiration behind the massive structure and some of the most extravagant features of his house.
For starters, it was designed by Ferris Rafauli, who referred to it as “the Embassy” — and it is a custom creation commissioned by Drake and built from the ground up with seemingly endless over-the-top amenities.
“Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years. I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel,” the 33-year-old musician said.
“It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”
The mansion is also constructed of limestone, bronze, and exotic woods which is making it a “proper 19th-century limestone mansion!”
“This isn’t stucco, paint, and fake gold. That’s not what Drake wanted, and that’s not what I do,” said Rafauli.
Drake’s mansion has an NBA regulation-size basketball court, basement pool, and roof terrace, some of which appear in his new “Toosie Slide” music video, which he made while complying with Canada’s recommended social distancing by never leaving his property.
“The bed lets you float, the shower lets you escape and gather your thoughts, and the closet makes you want to talk to yourself while you’re getting dressed,” he said.
The most over-the-top item surely is a chandelier that hangs in his “epic great room”. It has more than 20,000 pieces of hand-cut Swarovski crystal, making it the “second largest installation of its kind in the world,” according to AD.