From the Archive: Doctor Rogers' House by Richard and Su Rogers

This modest single-storey house in Wimbledon was an important landmark in post-war British architecture. Built in the late 1960s, it spliced the aesthetic of Californian Modernism with the loose, ad hoc flexibility created through the use of high-tech industrial systems, all filtered through a bold Pop sensibility. Grade II* listed, the house was undeniably experimental, combining pre-fabricated elements, an unconcealed steel frame and integral furniture.

The bright yellow frame and strong interior colours were a deliberate counterpoint to drab British domesticity, reflecting Rogers’ own childhood in Italy, the pottery created by his mother and their collection of contemporary furniture by Eames and Ernesto Rogers.

Photography: Tim Crocker


Our From the Archive series takes excerpts and images from ‘The Modern House‘ by Jonathan Bell, Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill – a publication written and produced to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Produced in 2015, this book offers our own distinctive snapshot of what it means to live in a modern way in Britain.