Wimbledon House is known for its bold, modular design and sunny, inside-out aesthetic, but when then-budding architect Richard Rogers designed the London home for his parents in the 1960s, he wanted to create a flexible living space that could shape-shift to suit their needs.
The steel-framed, prefabricated house with moveable partitions influenced Rogers’ later work on landmarks such as the Centre Pompidou — but more than an architectural experiment, the home was designed for living, a space where his mother, who loved to cook, could host big gatherings around the dinner table.
So it’s fitting that one of the first events to be held in the home since it became a fellowship residence for Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) will be a talk examining the way food and cooking shape cities — one focus of study by the fellows this year.
Rogers gave the home to GSD in 2015 to ensure the Heritage-listed property’s continued use as a residence — and last month it was unveiled after restorations by architect Philip Gumuchdjian and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, M.L.A. ’84.