In a profile by Architectural Digest, rapper Drake takes us on a tour of his extravagant multi-million dollar Toronto mansion, also known as “The Embassy”.
He explained the inspiration behind his massive crib. “Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years,” he noted. “It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”
The residence is nicknamed “the Embassy” and was “envisioned by” designer Ferris Rafauli, ultimately resulting in a locale of enviable comfort and impressive attention to an unparalleled aesthetic narrative that Drake himself considers an “overwhelming” brand of luxury.
“That message is delivered through the size of the rooms and the materials and details of the floors and the ceilings,” Drake, whose home notably includes an NBA regulation-sized indoor court and a recording studio designed to showcase a visual meeting of 1970s-era studios “and Annabel’s in London,” said. “I wanted to make sure people can see the work I’ve put in over the years reflected from every vantage point.”
As well as providing creative direction, Rafauli designed a number of items in the house himself, including a shearling banquette and an eye-catching bronze-and-marble chandelier. He and his celebrity client also acquired items by Italian firm Venicem and New York’s Lumifer, as well as textiles by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
“Once you’ve chosen a certain style,” Rafauli told the magazine, “you can dance within that style.”