2 Willow Road
1–3 Willow Road
2 Willow Road is located in London Borough of Camden
2 Willow Road
Location within London Borough of Camden
General information
TypeTerraced house
Architectural styleModernist
London, NW3
Coordinates51°33′25.92″N 0°10′9.01″W / 51.5572000°N 0.1691694°W / 51.5572000; -0.1691694
Completed1939; 85 years ago (1939)
OwnerNational Trust
Design and construction
Architect(s)Ernő Goldfinger
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name1, 2 and 3, Willow Road
Designated14 May 1974
Reference no.1379196
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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 and the future Conservative Home Secretary Henry Brooke. This incident led Fleming to name his villain Auric Goldfinger by way of revenge.[1] 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 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.[2]


Goldfinger himself designed much of the furniture in No. 2, and the house also contains a significant collection of 20th-century art by Bridget Riley, Prunella Clough, Marcel Duchamp, Eduardo Paolozzi, Henry Moore and Max Ernst.

Nos. 1 and 3 remain private homes.


  1. ^ Wain, Natalie. "He was immortalised as a Bond villain by Ian Fleming, but now architect Erno Goldfinger's most revered London tower block has been given listed building status". Ideal Home. Retrieved 27 April 2024.
  2. ^ English Heritage listing details accessed 28 April 2007