Superstar rapper Drake has provided an in depth look at his very new and lavish Toronto mansion, dubbed “The Embassy.” Designed by Canadian architectural and interior designer Ferris Rafauli, the home along with Drake (as styled by Mellany Sanchez) are featured on the cover of Architectural Digest‘s April 2020 issue.
Drake purchased the home’s property in 2016 and finally moved in sometime in fall of last year (check out the exterior while under construction here). The 500,00 square-foot home, which features a regulation size basketball court and a Grammy-filled awards room, is described by Rafauli as “a proper 19th-century limestone mansion. But the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner.”
Commenting on his home, Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) views it as a statement on the importance of his Toronto roots. He explained, “I think the house shows that I have true faith in myself to take on this task when I was just 27 and see it through,” says the now 33-year-old superstar. “I also think the house says that I will forever remain solid in the place I was born.”
The estate is highlighted with rock star touches including a one-ton master bedroom bed and base that includes a built-in whiskey-and-champagne bar; a 4,000-pound tub of faceted black marble carved from a single block; a two-story closet (!) and a bespoke Bösendorfer concert grand piano designed by Rafauli and Takashi Murakami.
Check out some images from “The Embassy” below.
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Just hold on, we’re going home…..to Drake’s place. The megastar built his pleasure dome from the ground up in his hometown of Toronto, and it is fully loaded. Indoor NBA-size basketball court? Check. Awards room? Of course. Recording studio, custom grand piano designed in collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami, hall of sports hero’s jerseys? Check, check, check. @champagnepapi worked on this stately manor, dubbed “The Embassy,” with Canadian architectural and interior designer Ferris Rafauli (with @ferrisrafauli in the lounge, last image) for six years, starting when the musician was only 27 years old. “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. It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.” Wise words from a true poet of rap. See it all in May AD, online now, and via link in bio. 🇨🇦 📷 @jasonschmidtstudio text @mayer.rus styling @colinking fashion styling @mellanysanchez cover look @tomford & @nike
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“It’s overwhelming high luxury,” says rapper Drake (@champagnepapi) of the Toronto home he has been crafting over the past six years alongside designer @ferrisrafauli. “That message is delivered through the size of the rooms and the materials and details of the floors and the ceilings. I wanted to make sure people can see the work I’ve put in over the years reflected from every vantage point.” Indeed, the scale of the rooms sets the tone for the home experience from the moment one enters the vast entry hall, above, which is clad in solid limestone with beveled inserts of Nero Marquina marble beneath a faceted ceiling of antique mirror framed in bronze, while two sculptures by @kaws flank the doorway. Discover more of the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @jasonschmidtstudio; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @colinking