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Richard Rogers returns to domestic architecture after 30-year break - images

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The Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP) has revealed these shots of the first houses the practice has designed for more than 30 years.

The three pavilion-style houses in Wimbledon are just a stone's throw away from Roger's last 'one-off' private home project - the house he designed for his parents.

Commissioned a year-and-a-half ago, RRP drew up these latest designs for three siblings who had inherited the land close to the famous lawn tennis club as well as an existing Victorian brick and tile house.

The original house, which has now been demolished, will make way for a trio of five-bedroom houses which will step down the steeply sloping site.

On the top floor of each home will be a glass-and-steel pavilion - housing the main living area, master bedroom and study - which will overlook the four-bedroom 'heavy stone' blocks below.

The three almost identical 460m 2houses will also have sedum roofs.

Project architect John McElgunn, who worked as part of a team assembled by RRP big hitter Graham Stirk, said: 'The scale of the scheme is quite tiny for an office of this size and there is not much precedent for a project like this here.'

'Because of that I don't think you would immediately recognise this as an RRP project. But the designs are fresh and crisp.'

Although the financing for the scheme, which was approved back in February, is not yet in place, McElgunn is confident that the development will go ahead.

However, he admits the intended construction start date of early next year will not now be met.

by Richard Waite

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