Tuesday, 2 July 2013

House porn Tuesday: buy Richard Rogers' 1968-built home

Rogers House, in Wimbledon, southwest London is a snip at £3,200,000. A tiny bit out of reach? Oh well. 

You can still steal some spectacular ideas from the – original – colour scheme in the modernist home, which is still owned by the family of its designer, Richard Rogers, the architect behind landmarks including the Pompidou Centre and the Lloyds building.

Images © Richard Powers

Richard and his wife, Su Rogers, originally designed the Grade II listed property for Richard's parents in the late 1960s, and the steel and glass building is for sale for the first time via The Modern House specialist estate agency. "Although the design is rooted in the classic Modern style established by the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Richard Neutra," explains the sales blurb, "in terms of its construction it represents a radical departure from what had come before.


When it was built, Richard Rogers described the secluded house as "a transparent tube with solid boundary walls", and the currently three-bedroomed, open-plan internal space is deliberately flexible and most internal partitions are moveable.

 



Vast glass walls that give onto the garden, which remains true to the original layout, as designed by Rogers' mother Dada, who was also behind the rather marvellous colours inside the house.


There are also two outhouses – one pictured above – designed to block out noise from the road out the front: one is the former pottery studio and has its own kitchen and bathroom; the other, also open-plan, was designed by the Rogers' son, Ab.


I now really, really, really want a yellow kitchen (here's a lovely yellow bathroom, too). I'm also enjoying how there's some very ordinary kitchen clutter on the left of the photo above. My own bits of house mess aren't so colour-coordinated.

The house represented British Architecture at the 1967 Paris Biennale. Ogle more photos and full details of it at The Modern House.

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