Architecture / Features & Decoration
Metal, glass, wood
2 Willow Road, London (Accredited Museum)
Windows and window cill in the north wall of the studio. The windows are set at two different positions in respect of the façade of the house. The upper fixed and casement-style windows are recessed, whilst the lower fixed and pivoting casements are flush with it. The wide window cill therefore sits beneath the upper windows. The windows are not symmetrical in the studio, but are very similar to those in the dining room. The window frames are steel with steel and brass fixtures and locks. The upper row of windows, from the partition with the dining room, panes alternate between and opening (3) and fixed casements (3). Between the RSJ and the east wall of the studio, there are a further two fixed panes. The lower row of windows is comprised of a large fixed pane of glass up to the RSJ and a pivoting casement window between the RSJ and the east wall. The upper casement windows have external hinges, protected from the weather to some extent by their recessed setting. Internally the windows have metal handles, stays and locks. The lower windows pivot on a central fixing and hinged metal restrictors connected to the top of the upper light and to the top of the lower light, that control the opening of the whole window. The two can be locked together by a central lock, comprising a loop on the upper and a latch, operated by a loop handle on the lower. The lower light has an additional lock on the side. Three rectangular slots cut into the full-length window cill at regular intervals allows the heat from the radiator below to circulate more efficiently.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Ernö Goldfinger (1902-1987) and Ursula Ruth Blackwell, Mrs Ernö Goldfinger (d.1991), formally acquired in 1994.