2 Willow Road

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2 Willow Road
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The only modernist house open to the public, the National Trust property of 2 Willow Road is the former family home of the architect Ernö Goldfinger, who designed it, and remains unchanged since 1939. The house was designed to be flexible, with movable partitions and folding doors. Home to Goldfinger and his wife until their deaths, it contains a charmingly idiosyncratic collection of art by the likes of Max Ernst and Henry Moore. Viewing of 2 Willow Road is by tours at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm and free-flow access 3-5pm. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible (wheelchair users can view the rest of the house on film). The house also organises a programme of walks.

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Venue name: 2 Willow Road
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Address: 2
Willow Road
Hampstead
London
NW3 1TH
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm (last adm 4.30pm).
Transport: Tube: Hampstead/Belsize Park
Price: £6 (£9 joint ticket with Fenton House), £3 children, £15 family ticket, free National Trust mems
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Kevin
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Admittedly, there's not a great deal of interest looking at the exterior of 2 Willow Road. It seems a somewhat standard modernist house from the period, with a strangely solid brick top that goes against the grain.

Starting with a slightly lengthy video, that reinforces Erno as the 'typical' architect (runs in the art scene, and "a man's man"), the narrative of the building is an interesting one. The guide is clearly very well acquainted with every inch of the building. From the bespoke furniture pieces, to painting on the walls. 


It's a shame that parts of the building is out of bounds, especially the lower floor. An educational tour, easily followed by a pint and stroll in the heath.


1 point to people telling you not to judge a book (or building), by its cover.

JamesBarker82
tastemaker

I'm a big fan of brutalist architecture and Erno Goldfinger was a pioneer of brutalism. This modernist building built in 1939 does not look too much from the outside but the story of this house was truly fascinating. It was built in the early part of his career and you can see the impact of concrete in the design.

The house is so beautifully designed and each room having some features which are truly unique to the house.

I never knew the importance of Hampstead within the surrealist artist movement of the pre war era. And the house is now a museum for all these beautiful pieces - including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Bridgette Riley and Matthew Frere Smith.

If you have an hour to spare in Hampstead - go!

Ben
Tastemaker

Fascinating building and interiors, well worth taking the guided tour to understand more about the ingenious architecture and design throughout the house - everything has been fully considered and space maximized without losing the aesthetic qualities.  Some beautiful "found objects" inside as well as some excellent examples of 20th Century Art including works by Bridget Riley, Henry Moore and Marcel Duchamp.  An hour well spent.

Martin C
Staff Writer

Preserved by the National Trust, this slice of mid-mod magic in Hampstead is great for a weekend mooch. You'll get to see the house just as it was when the Goldfingers lived here – a little rough around the edges but that's all part of the charm. It's a house full of textures – wood, concrete, brass, rope – and interesting collections. Make an afternoon of it by visiting the NT's Fenton House nearby.