Ernö Goldfinger (1)

Unlike the Smithsons, who seem to have retained their status as inspiring outsiders, Goldfinger, who was famously rude, but of a well-to-do Hungarian family and married to Ursula Blackwell of the Crosse and Blackwell family, was only too happy to be co-opted by the Establishment, becoming an ARA in 1971, an RA in 1975, presenting a design for the Trellick Tower as his diploma work and a drawing of 2, Willow Road to the Queen for her Silver Jubilee.   He was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and served champagne to the residents of Balfron Tower.   Maybe this helps to explain why English Heritage went to great lengths to list Balfron Tower, but failed to list Robin Hood Gardens.


5 thoughts on “Ernö Goldfinger (1)

  1. Martin Hopkinson says:

    It seems possible that it was thought that Sheffield’s Park Hill Estate was thought more deserving among estates of this kind. One hopes too that the toxic pollution close to the Blackwall Tunnel played a part in the decision too. It is one of the most hazardous areas in London for health and this situation is likely to get worse .

    • Yes, I’ve always thought that it’s pretty unattractive as seen from the entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel; but was surprised by the spaciousness of the green mound in between and the way the flats looks inwards. Charles

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