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  • Issue 50

Cult Rooms

A modernist with the Midas touch.
Words by John Ovans. Photograph by Andreas von Einsiedel.

Ernö Goldfinger’s first major project in the UK was 1-3 Willow Road in north London, built in 1938. The Hungarian-born Goldfinger had set out to create a home in Hampstead—where he and his wife had lived since 1934—that would showcase his talent as an architect, but the project was the subject of controversy rather than admiration at first. Though it is now one of London’s best-known modernist homes, his plan involved demolishing a row of Victorian cottages, drawing the ire


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