Masters of Design: the boat-inspired house of architect and independent developer Roger Zogolovitch
Masters of Design: the boat-inspired house of architect and independent developer Roger Zogolovitch


We realised that actually it’s the sky that is in a way more intriguing than the landscape or the water. We first came here about 30 years ago. It just said something
very magical and evocative about the heathland, about the dunes, about the pines, about the light that I decided sometimes you see these and you think I must go back
there and then you never do – but in this case, I did. Because of the nature of the curvature of the idea of the upturned boat, actually it’s quite difficult
to get it completely right. I tried to make sure that the way this house
was built was apparent. Normally, you don’t have this height and so this volume gives
that theatrical quality and in a way, the concrete
gives it a monumentality. I’ve been pioneering with my company the notion of split-level living and that the beauty of this sitting room area is that you’re still
very much in connection with what’s happening but you’re suddenly in a separated space and you also get this
wonderful flexibility about how you occupy the space. We call it the ‘analogue retreat’ and analogue to me is my
moment where I can draw, when I can paint. I make prints, I have a little studio on the beach. We have people here who come and perform, so the acoustics here
are rather wonderful. Living in a house is about
finding a kind of peace, finding solitude, finding
comfort, finding an oasis. However busy my life is,
this is a moment of quiet. Drive down here in the
darkness of the winter night and you wake up in the morning, suddenly you’ve rekindled that connection with the luminosity of the coast.

3 thoughts on “Masters of Design: the boat-inspired house of architect and independent developer Roger Zogolovitch”

  1. Lucy Ryder Richardson says:

    He's so fab and what a wonderful house. Well done for picking up on this extraordinary architect/ developer. We love seeing him at our midcentury modern® show in Dulwich

  2. Tim Laing says:

    Inspiring guy. Not often I see something like this and imagine my self living in it.

  3. Gogo Chong says:

    Yes, if possible all architects should try to be developers. Architects should make friends and learn from business people who can raise funds and run complex businesses. Otherwise, architects will be at the mercy of small clients or big corporations.

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