Richard Rogers discusses his seminal Wimbledon house

In this exclusive video interview, British architect Richard Rogers reflects on the influence of the seminal house he designed for his parents at 22 Parkside in Wimbledon, London.

Designed in the late 1960s by Rogers and his then wife Su, the Wimbledon house – also known as the Rogers House – was intended to demonstrate a new pre-fabricated construction system, which would enable homes to be built quickly and affordably.

“This wasn’t going to be a one-off like our previous buildings,” Rogers says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed in London.

“This was going to be a standardised system to solve the whole of the British housing problem. It didn’t! But it did certainly lead to most of the work which I still do some 50 years later and more.”

Originally designed for Rogers’ parents, the building was adapted and extended by Rogers’ son Ab, who moved into the house with his family in 1998.

The house received Grade-II heritage listing in 2013, and two years later Rogers donated the home to the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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