At home with Richard and Ruth Rogers

At home with Richard and Ruth Rogers


This space can be as quiet, and as meditative as you want it or it can be a piazza. (gentle piano chords) (gentle piano chords) (gentle piano chords) We don’t like being defined. We move around. We have lots of friends. We throw different parties. The kids come round here; and you know this is a great surface, especially for the five year olds, six year olds, seven year olds. Quite humorous thing was that, when we got the planning permission, it said, “As long as you don’t
put pipes on the outside, do what you want.” I think the space has to be good for one, and good for 50. We have a Serpentine party here, that probably brings 300 people. You can see, there’s no extraction. If we want extraction, we open a window. I built this kitchen, and designed this kitchen,
before I was a chef. Ruthie has always cooked in an open plan. My mother always cooked in an open plan. I was brought up in an open plan. It means that people who are eating there can see the food being cooked. It’s cleanliness. It’s communication. It’s transparency. (intense piano chord) You can get one table
diagonally across here, we know it well, as we had one last week, where you can get 34 people. (intense piano chords) (intense piano chords) We suffer from acoustic overspill here, but I prefer to have that overlap, than the rigidity of a
whole lot of containers. Children drawing here, me cooking there, people discussing a project over there; so it’s quite lively, and fun. (intense piano chords) That’s for others to say, whether we would have
been able to do this now, what we did in 1983. The beauty about this place is that you actually have
light on every single side. So east, west, south, north, and the roof. And that allows you to
play with the light.


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