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The Willis Building

Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
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Ranked #15 of 77 Attractions in Ipswich
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: This building was one of the first designed by famed architect Sir Norman Foster. Built in the 1970's it remains one of the regions modern... more »
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Slough, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Absolutely beautiful building, even today. Its a shame the rest of Ipswich town centre didn't develop. It could have been a very beautiful side to the town - Ipswich's Canary Wharf if you like.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Norman Foster built this modern building in the early 1970's for the multinational Insurance Company Willis. It is listed and originally had a swimming pool on the ground floor but has since been closed and used for office space, you can still see the original markings for the pool in the office. The roof has a garden with views all... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

I like photography so enjoyed getting some shots of the reflections from the dark glass of the surrounding buildings.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

built between 1970-75 this building is a great bit of architecture ..... sitting the centre of town it is made of glass black panels 3 floors high... nice to view at night when the lights have been left on inside .... just a shame more of the buildings in town aren't like this ... very photo-genic....

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

If there's an open day take the chance and visit this famous building. i love the garden on the roof!

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