Drake caught the internet’s attention as he dropped the visual for “Toosie Slide” last week, however, it was his residence that basically stole the show. Now a whole new profile by Architectural Digest takes us into Drake’s luxurious multi-million dollar Toronto mansion, often known as “The Embassy” — but Twitter isn’t exactly amazed.
Speaking to AD, Champagne Papi discussed the ideas right behind his manor’s magnificent layout. “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 ostentatious mansion is utterly done up in Drake’s over-the-top rated style. “It’s overwhelming high luxury. 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,” the Toronto natural described.
The designer’s nods to Art Deco style become more explicit in the lavish canary-yellow lounge, which, like several other spaces in the house, can be glimpsed in Drake’s videos for his songs “When to Say When”/“Chicago Freestyle” and “Toosie Slide.” The room’s crowning glory is a foliate ceiling of concentric backlit hexagonal panels wrapped in Alcantara faux suede, with a massive Venini-glass sunburst chandelier dropped from its center. The furnishings, here as throughout the home, were all custom designed by Rafauli in materials that range from dyed ostrich skin and mohair to macassar and bronze.
Drake’s favorite spot in the house is his 3,200-square-foot master-bedroom suite, with an additional 1,100 square feet of covered terraces. “The bedroom is where I come to decompress from the world at the end of the night and where I open my eyes to seize the day,” he says. “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.”