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Erno Goldfinger, Modernist Architect

Modern Architecture in England, UK

post updated 3 May 2021

Erno Goldfinger – Key Projects

Ernö Goldfinger
Dates: 1902-87
born in Budapest, Hungary

Ernö Goldfinger Building – News

Trellick Tower, London, England, UK
Trellick Tower Building in London by Erno Goldfinger Architect
photo from SPID Theatre
Trellick Tower Building – info added 27 Feb 2016

Notorious in the decades following its completion, Trellick Tower epitomized the stereotype of crime-ridden and poorly maintained post-war social housing schemes in Britain. However, in recent years the scheme has seen a miraculous change of fortune. Granted Grade II* listing in 1998, followed by a government funded £17 million renovation by John McAslan & Partners, this monumental Tower block has rapidly become one of London’s Brutalist icons.

Goldfinger’s design is based on his earlier and slightly smaller Balfron Tower (in Poplar, east London), and is in effect a sibling building. It has a long, thin profile, with a separate lift and service tower linked at every third storey to the access corridors in the main building; flats above and below the corridor levels have internal stairs.

Balfron Tower
Balfron Tower London by architect Erno Goldfinger
photo : commons.wikimedia
Balfron Tower in London by Erno Goldfinger – update 20 Dec 2015

This controversial redevelopment project has gained planning. The original architect of this Modernist housing was Erno Goldfinger. On 18th December 2015 that Ministers had upgraded the listing of the Balfron Tower in Poplar, London, to Grade II* from Grade II. The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has also listed the neighbouring Glenkerry House at Grade II.

Major Buildings

Alexander Fleming House, London

Balfron Tower, Brownfield Estate, Poplar, Tower Hamlet, East London
Date built: 1967
Balfron Tower East London design by Erno Goldfinger Architect
photo : commons.wikimedia

Brandlehow School, Putney, southwest London
Date built: 1952

House, Windlesham, Surrey, southeast England
Date built: 1963
All-glass conservatory addition 2008
Grade-II listed, structural timber shell

Trellick Tower, 5 Golborne Road, Kensal Rise, London W10
Dates built: 1968-72
Trellick Tower Trellick Tower Trellick Tower Trellick Tower design by Erno Goldfinger Trellick Tower
photos © Adrian Welch

219 flats : 31 storeys, 322 ft high
Grade 2* listed 1998
Trellick Tower – ‘refurbishment’
Dates built: 2006-07?
John McAslan + Partners

2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London NW3
Dates built: 1930s
2 Willow Road Hampstead House by Erno Goldfinger Architect
photo © Adrian Welch
2 Willow Road Hampstead house
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Erno designed three houses here – 1,2 & 3 Willow Road

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Location: London, England, UK

Modern Architect in London Practice Information

Erno Goldfinger moved to London in 1934

Modern Architects

Architects linked to Erno either as influences or friends:
Le Corbusier, Auguste Perret, Alison and Peter Smithson

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London Architectural Designs

London Architecture Designs – chronological list

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London Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

David Hockney Digital Sunrise at Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Lights, London, England, artwork by David Hockney
image courtesy David Hockney
David Hockney at Piccadilly Circus

Pinnacle House, at Royal Wharf, Newham, East London
Architecture: Mæ
Pinnacle House Royal Wharf Newham
photo courtesy of architects practice
Pinnacle House, Royal Wharf Newham

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Hampstead house

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