A postmodern house

Pascale Seurin architect
Compiègne (60)

€750 000

180 sqm
Land : 1 035 sqm
5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms


A family home in the immediate proximity of the Château de Compiègne park

This house, designed by architect Pascale Seurin in the late 1980s, is located in the sought-after Petit Château area of Compiègne.

Set in 1,035 sqm of grounds planted with century-old trees, it offers 180 sqm of living space over two levels.

The garden level comprises the living areas and a master suite.

A double-height lounge with a fireplace extends into a study on one side and a dining room on the other. A separate kitchen adjoins the dining room and has access to the garden. Opposite, the master suite comprises a bedroom opening onto the greenery and a bathroom.

Upstairs is a sleeping area with four bedrooms, two of which have terraces, a mezzanine and two shower rooms.

A cellar (with laundry and boiler room) and a garden shed complete the property.

Facing due south, the house benefits from large bay windows with orthogonal frames that provide plenty of light in all seasons. The ground floor is covered in Rimex, creating a visual continuity throughout. Upstairs, sea rush creates a warm atmosphere.

Just 2 minutes from the château park and 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Compiègne, the house enjoys an exceptional location, with immediate access to local amenities (shops, schools) as well as numerous sports and leisure activities (tennis, riding centre, rowing, etc.).

It is about 1 hour from Paris by car or train.

Organic spaces

This house is an ingenious response to the challenge of building within the protected perimeter of Compiègne castle.

Its fan-shaped layout opens wide towards the south and the garden. The angled layout, supported by an existing rubble stone wall, frees up the plot and maximises the available garden space while preserving the property’s hundred-year-old trees, in an organic approach reminiscent of the work of Dominique Zimbacca and Jacques Labro.

Inside, the absence of right-angles creates a rich spatial effect that alternates ample volumes with more intimate corners, offering great freedom of use. The absence of doors in the living areas creates a fluid flow between the different rooms. The large glazed areas let in natural light and create a permeable relationship with the outside.

Postmodernism and Pop spirit

The villa is part of the post-modernist movement, which runs counter to the modern desire for formal innovation, based on the principle of a clean slate. It is expressed by multiple references to the archetypal forms of European architecture and by a return to classical composition and ornament, in a relationship with history that oscillates between homage and pastiche.

The house features a rigorous layout and a theatrical approach to the living spaces, highlighting architectural elements such as the yellow lacquered columns, combined with a Californian-inspired purity. In one of the bedrooms, the integrated furniture is inspired by the eclectic and colourful work of American designer Hilton McConnico, creating a dreamy, bluish cocoon in the sleeping area.

Pascale Seurin

A graduate of the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in 1982 and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in 1985, architect and urban planner Pascale Seurin has run her own architectural practice in Paris’s 19th arrondissement since 1987.

His agency mainly delivers hospital, medical-social, cultural and educational facilities throughout France, including a dozen media libraries. Each project is carried out using a total design approach, from the urban scale, taking account of neighbouring buildings and the public space, right through to the interior decoration.

Its projects include the media libraries in Bayeux (2015), Jarny (2014) and Massy (2012); the extension of the women’s and children’s centre in Chartres (2015); the emergency departments in Peronne (2010) and Créteil (2009)…

Pascale Seurin also creates large-scale paintings for hospital buildings (Institut Curie) with a therapeutic artistic approach to patient comfort.

Its work is also marked by the implementation of High Environmental Quality approaches.

Technical info

Asking price: €750,000
Fees are payable by the purchaser
Amount of fees: 4% i.e. €28850.
Price excluding fees: €721,150

Full ownership
Heating: Gas boiler
Land tax: €515
Wall and garden gate listed as Historic Monuments

Estimated average annual energy costs for standard use, based on 2021 energy prices (including subscriptions): between €2,130 and €2,920.

Additional information

Prix de vente

750 000 €


Compiègne (60)


Pascale Seurin


Paris & Ile-de-France, French Regions

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