One of British starchitect Richard Rogers' first projects, a bright and fun modernist one-level designed for his parents, will now be donated to Harvard Graduate School of Design. Rogers designed the Wimbledon, London home alongside his then-wife Su at the start of his career between 1967 and 1969, before he took on "Cheesegrater" skyscrapers and three-story prefabs that could be built in a day. The Grade II heritage listed property was listed in 2013 for £4.9 million, just in time for Rogers' 80th birthday, but was quickly removed and is now being donated by Rogers' charity as a resource for students.
In an interview with Dezeen in 2013, Rogers claimed that if you looked closely at the Wimbledon house, you could see a connection between it and his seminal Pompidou Centre design, "the difference being about a thousand times the scale." The home features a bright yellow-painted steel frame with interior partitions that make the generally open floor plan a transformable space. The house will be renovated and restored by architect Philip Gumuchjian before being handed over.
· Richard Rogers donates house designed for parents to Harvard architecture school [Dezeen]
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