A one-ton bed, a two-story closet and a 4,000-pound bathtub carved from a single slab of black marble — Drake’s Toronto mansion is a case study in extravagance. Then, of course, there’s the NBA regulation-size basketball court, the recording studio and an atmospheric indoor swimming pool.
Now, as he offers Architectural Digest a comprehensive look around his home, the Canadian rapper is hoping to shine a light on the design inspiration behind the multi-million-dollar project.
The magazine’s forthcoming cover story contains more than a dozen photos taken throughout the 50,000-square-foot property. It also features an interview with the creative force behind the custom-built home, designer Ferris Rafauli (pictured with Drake, above), who describes how he put a contemporary spin on Beaux Arts architecture.
“In form, materials and execution, the structure is a proper 19th-century limestone mansion,” Rafauli is quoted as saying. “But the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner. This isn’t stucco, paint and fake gold. That’s not what Drake wanted, and that’s not what I do.”
Drake’s mansion — which he dubs The Embassy — drips with various other luxurious materials including bronze, black granite, macassar ebony and brown agate. Decorations include sculptures by American artist KAWS, as well as a selection of Grammy Awards and an entire hallway dedicated to sports stars’ jerseys.