Welcome to Drake Manor. Crafted hand-in-hand with architect Ferris Rafauli, it's a 50,000 square foot monument of limestone, bronze, exotic woods, and other noble materials, meant to further cement The 6 God's journey, and success, in reality.
“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. “It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong." You'll find this place standing firm on Bridle Path, Toronto's Billionaires Row.
Drake's home, known as "The Embassy," draws inspiration from traditional Beaux Arts architecture while embracing contemporary clout. “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,” says Rafauli. “This isn’t stucco, paint, and fake gold. That’s not what Drake wanted, and that’s not what I do.”
Rafauli calls the interior “modern Art Deco." Drake insists “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 scale of this manor sets the tone from the jump. As one enters the clad in solid limestone foyer, they notice it's beveled with inserts of Nero Marquina marble. As eyes drift to the ceiling, or are spiritually dragged upwards, they notice its made of antique mirrors framed in bronze.
The great room is more than that; "great." It's god damned exceptional and has forty-four foot ceilings. At one end there's a bespoke grand Bösendorfer piano, but if that wasn't a big enough flex for you; it's a collab piece.
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami designed it (with Rafauli) specifically for Drake. The same artist who had an entire exhibit dedicated to him at Boston's MFA not too long ago. You'll still see those plush flowers hanging off backpacks while walking around the city.
The piano sits amongst floor-to-ceiling panels of macassar ebony. Alongside those, bronze screens front even more antique beveled mirrors. “Drake’s world completely revolves around music, so he wasn’t going to buy just any piano. This prized possession is an authentic marriage of artistry, craft, and quality,” muses Rafauli.
We aren't done with this room yet. Lobmeyr’s Metropolitan chandelier was designed by Hans Harald Rath to decorate the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in 1963. In this room there's an iteration of it with over 20,000 pieces of hand-cut Swarovski crystal, making this the second largest installation of its kind on Earth.
The designer’s nods to Art Deco style come to light in the lounge, which we can see more intimately in the “When to Say When/Chicago Freestyle” and “Toosie Slide” videos.
The rooms crown is a nod to Rolls Royce because, as we know, Drake likes his R's and V's and O's. The ceiling of this room looks like the interior stars of a RR, while an extra-thicc Venini-glass sunburst chandelier hangs from its center. Almost all the furnishings in this home were custom designed by the architect, and this room features pieces made from dyed ostrich skin and mohair to macassar and bronze.
Drake’s favorite spot is his 3,200-square-foot master-bedroom suite that has 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.”
Drake notably only loves his bed, and his mother, and here we learn why. The bed and its base, which weigh roughly a ton and cost many tons (as in almost two-times the average price of a home in America), is from Rafauli’s new line for Hästens: The Grand Vividus.
The headboard has antique mirror, channel-tufted leather, and a whiskey-and-champagne bar on the back. The nightstands have mother-of-pearl inlays, and the bedding incorporates an Alexander McQueen hummingbird tapestry from The Rug Company.
Even the master bath has a centerpiece. A 4,000-pound tub cut from a single block of black marble. The two-story master closet is adorned with amethyst hardware, rock crystal, and seating upholstered with diamond-tufted shearling and polished nickel studs. It's potentially enough room for Drake to fit his wardrobe in, but we have our doubts. His watch and bag collection might still need a room on their own.
Drake compares the recording studio inside to “eccentric 1970s studios mixed with Annabel’s in London” minus the corny, old-money tendencies of Annabel's. Drake's most recent tape, The Dark Lane Demo Tapes, were partially worked on in this studio (probably). It came out after Drake moved in, and immediately got quarantined, so we're hopeful. If he's not killing time in the stu', he's probably playing in his regulation-sized basketball court downstairs. Regulation-sized. In his basement.
The kitchen features the first stove from Rafauli’s new line for La Cornue. The awards room tells the story of Drake from his childhood start as wheelchair Jimmy to his reign as Champagne Papi. The house itself shows this transition in its very existence. A hundred-year manor built in his home city; stuffed with awards, an entire museum-like hallway to display all the jerseys of his pro-athlete friends, more art than anyone outside of OVO will ever know, (note the KAWS dolls scattered about the house,) and an indoor pool of black granite to match the backyard pool that has as much black granite as evaporation will allow.
Taking a look at his palace, Drake says “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 33-year-old Drake. “I also think the house says that I will forever remain solid in the place I was born.”
This house is currently not for sale, but you couldn't afford it if it was. If you'd like to contest that, please contact us here to make your multi-hundred-million dollar purchase. Any other means of contesting that fact are null and void. Please refer to Exhibit A, "Air Drake," Graham's private $185M Boeing 747 whose exterior was designed by Off-White legend and Louis Vuitton's menswear creative director, Virgil Abloh.
Air Drake, a Louis Vuitton/Off-White/OVO collab, is wholly Drakes too; "no rental, no time share, no co-lease..."
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