Designed by the architects Richard and Su Rogers in 1968, the Roger’s House in London is one of the most important and celebrated houses of the 20th century.
It has been described by Richard Rogers as “the most successful small project I have been involved in”.
This very secluded and private house sits centrally on an outstanding garden plot opposite Wimbledon Common.
Roger House by Richard and Su Rogers:
Originally designed for the parents of Richard Rogers, the property is still owned by the family and is on the market for the first time. It is one of a very small number of Modern houses that have been given a Grade II* listing by English Heritage and is one of very few British houses that stands comparison with the finest twentieth-century houses in America and mainland Europe. Although the design is rooted in the classic Modern style established by the likes of Mies van der Rohe and Richard Neutra, in terms of its construction it represents a radical departure from what had come before.
Very little can be seen from the road besides a screen of bamboo, a discreet area for off-street parking and a door into the first building on the plot. This was originally a pottery studio and guest accommodation and is currently used as an office space. This building, a smaller version of the main house with its striking yellow steel frame, could easily be used for residential purposes. Internally it consists of two open-plan spaces composed around a central utility unit housing a kitchen and bathroom.
Across a courtyard is the main house. Constructed from steel and glass, this building has variously been described as “the most technically interesting and visually striking house in Europe” (Richard Einzig in ‘Classic Modern Houses in Europe’) and “a masterpiece from one of the most imaginative and exciting periods in private house building” (current Culture Minister Ed Vaizey). Designed to allow an entirely flexibile internal space, it is currently arranged as a large open-plan kitchen / living / dining room alongside an area consisting of a main bedroom, two smaller bedrooms, a bathroom and utility area. At either end of the house are sheer walls of glass that overlook the landscaped gardens and courtyard on either side.
On the other side of the garden is a further building, designed by Ab Rogers (the son of Richard and Su Rogers, and himself a noted designer). The construction echoes the main house and consists of a single space with WC and kitchen area. Dada Rogers, Richard’s mother, was an accomplished gardener, and the gardens and courtyard are still laid out to her design.
The luscious colour scheme of the building, which remains original, is an integral part of the design and was also conceived by Dada, in collaboration with Richard and Su.
This house is now listed for sale, for more information visit The Modern House