just 10 minutes from the centre of Amiens
10 minutes from the centre of Amiens by car, 1½ hours from Paris via the A16 motorway, linked by a bus route to the urban area of Amiens, this property has a pastoral view over a river that flows alongside the garden. And yet, Amiens, capital town of Picardy and also known as the “Venice of the North” because of its canals and market gardens, is but a stone’s throw away. Somme Bay and the seaside resort of Le-Touquet are about an hour’s drive away.
This house is entered via an opening in a long, rectangular facade. Visitors are immediately struck by its solemn elegance. The slate roof completes an architectural style that can but bring Bauhaus to mind. The facades exude coherence in grey-blue hues but feature a wide variety of materials: glass for the windows, wood for the horizontal cladding as well as dry stone laid vertically and longwise. But the truth of this architecture is essentially to be found in the contrast of the two sections. The front of the house is transparent, airy and light, with nine picture windows letting copious amounts of light into the reception rooms. The rear is dense, compact and robust, with narrow windows protecting the night-time areas. This slightly raised house appears to be skimming above the water on the piles that can be glimpsed under the terrace.
The picture window, providing access to this home, opens directly into a vast living room that houses a lounge in its prow, a dining room and an American-style kitchen. Luminosity is at a maximum. Walls are replaced with glazing, giving views over the countryside and the water. The boundaries between the inside and the outside are blurred, like an invitation to explore the terrace which dominates the garden and provides a vista looking down on to the river. A square, central fireplace takes pride of place in this lounge which is followed by an eating area with its open-plan kitchen. The ceiling going up to a height of 6 metres adds a further contemporary note to this uncompromising architecture. This area features a mezzanine. The change in levels is enhanced with a spiral stairway, a walkway looking down on to the room, the exposed black roofing framework against a white background and the very linear, stainless-steel-coloured railings running all along. A black door provides access to the private areas via a central corridor leading to a study and three bedrooms, including the main bedroom. The latter comprises a first night-time section with a sliding picture window opening on to a terrace, directly above the river with a view over the meadow in the distance. The bed has a panoramic view. A second section comprises a bathroom, with an Italian walk-in shower and a bath. This very graphic, black and white room has first-class fixtures and fittings. All the floors are paved with grey tiles, making this level coherent.
The spiral stairway goes up to a mezzanine, its walkway leading to a bookshelf wall unit. On the other side, a bedroom, with strip pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, is delimited by an early 20th century, industrial workshop-style atrium window. A bathroom completes this level.
A building, running alongside the entrance courtyard, is composed of a storage area and an awning where it is possible to park a car. Its spans a surface area of approx. 30 m².
First and above all, it enhances the pastoral charm of the waterside, with tall trees plunging their roots into its grassy banks. This picturesque setting has need of little upkeep. It also includes a vast terrace which, like the prow of the house, gives a panoramic view over the river. This south-facing, outdoor living area receives an exceptional amount of sunshine.
This contemporary house makes it possible to have a privileged way of living in the countryside near to Amiens, a town with a wealth of historic heritage and a festive, intense cultural life. The soothing aspect of the river is a real luxury, whilst the sober, harmonious architecture is reassuring. The architect has skilfully made the aesthetics timeless. Once the entrance gates are closed, residents are far from everything and yet the property is but a few minutes from the town and an hour from the sea. This bright house, the quality of its facilities and its panoramic views make it possible for residents to give themselves up to well-being. It is difficult to remain indifferent to this beauty spot, full of rigueur and restraint. Each feature has its place and each is an indication that this house, its style and its areas will last for centuries.
|Land registry surface area||830 m2|
|Main building surface area||200 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||30 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
Jérôme Ferchaud +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.