Architect's building

Architect’s building in Nogent sur Oise, 50km north of Paris

For sale, this building constructed in 1965 in Nogent sur Oise (60180) designed by architect Carl André, former office building belonging with a factory, comprising offices, workshops, a laboratory, and meeting rooms. The building has 27 separate spaces for a total surface of 504m² on a 2743m² plot.

A concrete structure supported by five steel pilotis, closed using three meter full height windows. The building opens to an interior garden with large water piece and has a monumental helicoidal staircase in reinforced concrete, a unique creation.

The building currently has 27 spaces, but the free floor plan and complete absence of load bearing walls allows ultimate freedom in redesigning the interior space, including the creation of very large loft-style spaces.



The building was constructed in 1965, but its origins go back to the 1930s. The architect, Carl André, found his inspiration in the famous Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier, and the five “pillars of architecture” as described by the master are clearly represented:

  • the structure is completely supported by steel I-beams, partially open;
  • the materials chosen for the ground floor add to the illusion of a floating structure;
  • the winter garden neutralizes the impact the building has on the environment;
  • the construction, based on two suspended layers of reinforced concrete, lacking any load bearing walls, allow for complete liberty in the design of the facade and floor plan;
  • the floor-to-ceiling windows optimize natural light in each room and allow panoramic views over the river and the forest.

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Floor plans

Ground floor
Entrance with winter garden, large entry hall with monumental helicoidal staircase, six office spaces, boiler room, utility room, archives.

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Second floor
Staircase leads to landing with very bright office. Southbound a hallway with five (work)spaces and a large multifunctional area of 85sqm. North side: apartment with double living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom with double walk-in shower, toilet.

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Advantages and renovations

• Quiet
• Spacious, 504 square meters
• A1 motorway at hand (10 minutes)
• Charles de Gaulle airport (20 minutes) and Paris-Beauvais airport (40 minutes) conveniently close
• Paris Gare du Nord at 25 minutes by train
• directly on the river Oise (private dock for leisure or freight possible)
• all necessities at hand: large supermarket Auchan at 2 minutes, mall at 10 minutes, primary, middle, and high school close by
• plenty of room to live and work
• complete freedom to redistribute the spaces
• technical installations already completely redone

Necessary renovations
• roof: repair/recoat
• second floor: window frames need repair or replacement
• second floor: ceilings need redoing
• second floor: south side currently undeveloped

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Technical details

The building is located on a 2,473sqm (26,620sqft) lot, consisting of 1,848sqm (18,891sqft) grounds and parking lot (building footprint included) and 895sqm (9,633sqft) of private road. The road is open to the public, but not under servitude, and is perfectly usable, albeit non-constructible for being in a flood hazard zone; construction and/or use of river docking requires a permit from VNF. The road is maintained by the council. The property is situated on the banks of the river Oise.

Electricity and water mains have been newly constructed in 2011.The building is equipped with a high yield (HR+) LPG boiler, installed in 2013. A 1500kg/cap underground tank provides 3-4 months of heating and hot water. The ground floor offices have radiators; the apartment has underfloor heating everywhere. All plumbing is in maintenance free reinforced polyethylene (installed in 2011), the electric installation is monophasic and was installed in 2008. The maximum capacity of the building is 24 phone lines, with two currently active with Free (running at approximately 16Mbit). Fiber optic cabling is installed and is currently being made available in the area.

Nogent sur Oise

The building is located on the industrial park South of Nogent sur Oise; this means absolute calm after 5pm on weekdays, and during the weekend. Next door neighbours include a technicenter for container trucks, a recycling center, a community college, and the Customs office.

The city of Nogent sur Oise is part of the greater Creil area (350,000 inhabitants), in the south of the Oise département. This places it in the greater Paris suburbs, with access to the RER D train, plus TER and intercity trains with Paris Gare du Nord at 25 minutes.

Access to the A1 motorway is at 10 minutes, with Paris Porte de la Chapelle at 45 minutes, or Lille at 1:45 hours, Brussels at 2:30 hours. Charles de Gaulle Airport is at 20 minutes, and Paris-Beauvais Airport, France’s primary RyanAir hub, at 40 minutes.

Creil’s railway station, at 5 minutes from the building, will become a TGV station in the near future (on the Nord line, Paris-Lille-Brussels-Amsterdam and Eurostar). A rail link to Roissypole/Charles de Gaulle Airport is planned; currently a direct bus line goes to Roissypole.