Designed by postmodern starchitect Ricardo Bofill, this postmodern pied-a-terre is located in Cergy-Pontoise, northwest of Paris, and has monumental views of Place des Colonnes.
The neoclassical-inspired Belvédère Saint-Christophe complex was built in 1986. From above, the site looks like the outline of an arched window, crowned by a crescent-shaped building that faces the Oise River valley and two rectangular buildings that outline an amphitheatre-like public square. Bofill’s apartment complex riffs on English Georgian architecture, especially its towering colonnade, which adds theatricality to its elaborate design.
This particular apartment overlooks the Place des Colonnes and its glistening obelisk from the living room. Its two bedrooms peer onto the Ax Maggiore promenade and its startling landscape perspective, created by Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan in the 1980s.
While the building is a 1980s icon, luckily, the interiors aren’t stuck in a time warp – the whole apartment was renovated in the 2010s and features wooden floors, columns, and curvilinear nooks.