2 Willow Road is part of a terrace of three houses in Hampstead, London designed by architect Ernő Goldfinger and completed in 1939. It has been managed by the National Trust since 1995 and is open to the public. It was one of the first Modernist buildings acquired by the Trust, giving rise to some controversy. Goldfinger lived there with his wife Ursula and their children until his death in 1987.
1–3 Willow Road was constructed using concrete and a facing of red brick. A number of cottages were demolished to allow for the construction, which was strongly opposed by a number of local residents including novelist Ian Fleming (this was said to be his inspiration for the name of the James Bond villain Auric Goldfinger) and the future Conservative Home Secretary Henry Brooke. No. 2, which Goldfinger designed specifically as his own family home, is the largest of the three houses and features a spiral staircase designed by Danish engineer Ove Arup at its core. The building is supported by a concrete frame, part of which is external, leaving room for a spacious uncluttered interior, perhaps inspired by the Raumplan ideas of modernist architect Adolf Loos.
Tim Harness | Oct 25, 2017
2 Willow Row was designed as a family home by the architect Erno Goldfinger, and was finished in 1939. It is an early Modernist home built according to the principles of le Corbusier, apart from not having rooftop living space. The home and its contents are maintained and curated as a museum. The tour guide (Frank) was exceptionally engaging and enthusiastic. The house and contents were not to my taste, but the story about the home is interesting, and it was a forerunner to Goldfinger's much later Trellick Tower.
Hew Wright | Jun 29, 2017
Quirky 30s futuristic house of architect Goldfinger. Full of curios, clever ideas and objects I remember from. My grandparents houses. Echoes of childhood there. Very interesting and well worth the visit. Recommended.
Stewart Lunniss | Sep 4, 2017
Interesting to Architects! Informative film at start of tour. No access to rear garden.
Kotomi Yamamura | May 27, 2017
“No photography” sign needs to be shown clearly. We didn't notice “No Photography” sign at all (it is shown on the end wall of the entrance, who sees it!?). I do understand some National Trust houses are not allow inside photography because of copyright complexities, still it need to be stated clearly at the door, in my opinion. I didn't know this and took some photos at the first floor, then an elderly female attendant rudely shouted to me. Really unpleasant attitude. I've never experienced such aggressive attitude in National Trust Properties. I wonder whether she was trained properly how to approach visitors?
Malcolm Bates | Mar 11, 2018
Superbly detailed, well proportioned elegance.
Andy Weston | Jun 3, 2018
If you like architecture and related modern building history this is for you. Home of Erno Goldfinger and can use the National Trust card to visit when in Hampstead. My top tip is to get the real feel of what his house represents go on a tour in the morning (look it up first on the net) as with the free flow visits in the afternoon you may miss the important details and some of the contents unless you spend time with the room guides. Can combined with Fenton House (also National Trust) which is nearer the tube station and Kenwood House which is a longish walk over Hampstead Heath. No cafe no toilets so use the pub down the road.
D.A. | Apr 21, 2018
Hampstead is a beautiful place with pretty Georgian and Victorian Houses and some outstanding modern ones; sadly 2 Willow Road is not one of them; and although I find it interesting, exterior-wise, it just doesn't fit in the area. Now the interior is more interesting, it is certainly bigger than what it looks like and other that the ground floor, the rest of the house is very interesting; the tour is very good as well and friendly staff. We didn't have access to the garden or the balcony so will have to come back later to comment on it but apparently it is 18th century garden design as it is the same gardener who works in Fenton House.
Gareth Humphreys | Apr 14, 2018
Interesting modernist house. Architecture buffs will love it. Passionate volunteers too
David Chan | Apr 19, 2018
Excellent! I learned a lot in one hour about Goldfinger from Giles Day and he kept it interesting throughout.
Graham Thomas | Apr 19, 2018
The tour was very interesting, even my 11 year old daughter found it fascinating. Not sure how interesting the house would be without the tour though...
Steve Mann | Jul 8, 2018
Quirky modernist home of Erno Goldfinger. Start with an introductory short film and then a tour of the main rooms by the volunteer guide. This was Goldfingers home in Hampstead, which he designed for him and his family. Many ground breaking innovations make this a fascinating visit.
Jorn Cooper | Jul 3, 2018
Wonderful step back in time, from 30's to 70's. Note the Jeyes ceramic toilet paper dispensers, counterpoints the luxury of the rest of the 1930's house and having to use Jeyes/Izal hard crispy toilet paper.
John Kirk | Jul 12, 2018
Surprisingly interesting house, well worth visiting. Very helpful staff.
David Rush | Jul 10, 2018
Fascinating Erno Goldfinger design and built gem.
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