This week, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) unveiled its restoration of Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House in London. The Heritage-listed building, formerly known as the Rogers House, will house living and learning spaces for the first class of international students selected for the GSD’s Richard Rogers Fellowship, as well as various symposia.
Rogers originally designed the transparent, steel-framed house with his late wife Su Rogers for his parents in the late 1960s and donated it to Harvard in 2015 through his foundation, the Richard Rogers Charitable Settlement. He enlisted local architect Philip Gumuchdjian of Gumuchdjian Architects—formerly an associate director at Rogers’ own firm—to convert it into the home of the fellowship program while preserving its essential qualities. With the help of landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Gumuchdijan carried out a two-year refurbishment that intensified the vibrant hues, rhythmic composition, and indoor-outdoor blending—qualities that inspired Rogers’ work with Renzo Piano on Paris’ Centre Pompidou.