Built in 1968, Rogers House located in the south-west London, was designed by Richard Rogers for his parents, and now has been set for sale for the first time. The home is considered to be the precursor to the Pompidou Centre – the 1977 arts center in Paris that Rogers designed in collaboration with Renzo Piano.
The building is one of the finest and historically significant contemporary houses in England, which has been a part of the Rogers’ portfolio since 1968 and now is listed for £3.2 million. The agents describe the house as being “one of the most important and celebrated houses of the 20th century”.
“If you look at the house in Wimbledon for my parents, which is a single storey house, it’s steel and highly insulated, it’s transparent, the bathroom is very compact and all the partitions can move – you can see a link from that to the Pompidou with the difference being about a thousand times the scale,” Rogers said.
Fully-glazed at both ends, the main house is a single-storey construction, while the detachable partitions allow the residents to utilize the spaces depending on their wishes.
Richard Einzig described the house in his book “Classic Modern Houses in Europe” as “the most technically interesting and visually striking house in Europe”.
The gardens manicured by Rogers’ mother gives the tonus to the property, the building facing a second, smaller construction that was meant to be used as a pottery studio, both buildings preserving their originality and their vibrant color scheme.
The third building, consisting in an open space and a kitchenette, is situated at the rear of the garden, and was designed by Rogers’ son, Ab Rogers, who is also the most recent occupant of the house.
The residence was granted a grade II* listing this year, which is a rare accolade for such a recent building.
When the listing was announced, culture secretary Ed Vaizey affirmed that: “This is an outstanding and innovative example of a high-tech steel frame house that has clearly stood the test of time. Though many will always associate Lord Rogers with iconic works like the Lloyds Building in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff, this much earlier building is highly significant too; a masterpiece from one of the most imaginative and exciting periods in private house building in this country.”