Over the past few weeks, Drake has given glimpses of his Toronto estate, particularly in the videos for his latest tracks “When To Say When/Chicago Freestyle” and “Toosie Slide.” Now, the lyricist is giving us a deeper look inside of his massive home for his Architectural Digest‘s May cover story.
“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” Drake says of his custom built 50,000 square-foot home. “It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong,” he adds.
The Toronto native took the magazine on tour of his Ferris Rafauli designed estate which he appropriately nicknamed “The Embassy.” The home features luxury amenities such as a NBA regulation-size indoor basketball court crowned by a 21-square-foot pyramidal skylight and an indoor swimming pool, according to Architectural Digest.
“In form, materials, and execution, the structure is a proper 19th-century limestone mansion. But the exterior profiles are more minimal and the lines are a bit cleaner,” Rafauli explained of his work. “This isn’t stucco, paint, and fake gold. That’s not what Drake wanted, and that’s not what I do.”
“Once you’ve chosen a certain style, you can dance within that style,” the designer says. Drake does not shy away from the over the top aesthetic of the home either, saying “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.”
As revealed in his interview, Drake says that his favorite location in the home, as with most people, is his 3,200-square-foot master-bedroom suite, which includes 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. 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.”
Having taken nearly six years to complete, Drake is hoping that his biggest project yet will serve as a meaningful statement.
“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. I also think the house says that I will forever remain solid in the place I was born.”
Take a look at the dazzling residence below. One thing is for sure, one of hip-hop’s most powerful men certainly has an eye for decor.