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Address: Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England

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Ahead of its time

A wonderful iconic building that to many would appear to have been built more recently, such an iconic architectural style is sadly isolated with few other good examples of modern... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A wonderful iconic building that to many would appear to have been built more recently, such an iconic architectural style is sadly isolated with few other good examples of modern unique buildings in the town although the contrast of new and old is refreshing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a unique, large, grey glass building near the centre of Ipswich. Designed, I believe by Norman Foster, in about the 70's.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Superb and deservedly famous building designed by Norman Foster. Would love a tour round the inside.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This building has fascinated me ever since it was built in the early 1970s. Designed by Norman Foster, and having exterior walls consisting only of darkened glass it was a brilliant concept and rightly deserves to be one of the youngest buildings to be Grade I listed. The reflections of other buildings in the walls are fantastic, no matter from... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This very modern building is right in the town centre and if you are walking around the town you will certainly not miss it. It dominates the junction of several roads and has been built in the shape of a grand piano. It appears to be made entirely of black glass but obviously must have some well hidden inner supports!

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Slough, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The reflection at sunset was wonderful, turning a corner in a normal street was a real find.We hadn't even read about it, but we did afterwards.

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Many don't think of this forty year old building as extraordinary, as it is now very much part of the cityscape of Ipswich, just as the Ancient House and Christchurch Mansion are. But take a detailed look at the outside and you'll see that many modern buildings have copied the same rules this building pioneered. Together with Oriel Chambers, this... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It is a very interesting building with the roof being very strange with grass and hedges. Inside all yellow and green (with the odd Norwich football scarf) and quite a lot darker than you would expected. The escalators speed up when you step on them. It is much better than the Willis building in the City of London. They should... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I have never been inside, but was impressed by the structure and design of this building as I walked by it one day roaming around the town.

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Sussex, England
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

An absolutely beautiful example of the best 1970s architecture, the Willis building is well worth looking for in Ipswich. Actually, quite a bit of Ipswich centre is architecturally beautiful, with some stunning churches, delightful Tudor houses and impressive Georgian buildings. The Willis building holds up well against them all.

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