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Address: Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
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Being a listed building. That means you can not destroy it for future development. With the tint You can not see inside. Rather like working in a fishbowl as you can see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Jim M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Being a listed building. That means you can not destroy it for future development. With the tint You can not see inside. Rather like working in a fishbowl as you can see outside.

Thank Jim M
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

As a child this was on of the first all glass buildings i saw , built between 1970-75, it was quite a revelation then , and looks just as great today , it is a shame more buildings are not like this.

Thank clydehicksie
Darlington, United Kingdom
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269 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Built in the 1970s this Norman Foster designed building is without doubt the greatest jewel in Ipswich. It caused a considerable stir when it was built and today it is proof positive that genius design will endure. The glass exterior during the day reveals the inner workings of the building and by night it softly reflects it surrounds. Utterly brilliant,... More 

Thank Paul H
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

So I don't understand what the big fuss is when walking by near the main road you have loading bays and some vents that blow a load of air out and from all other angles it's just tinted glass which on a dull day you can see pipework for the building inside. There's not a lot to do in ipswich... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Really interesting building to look at. If you are going to look at it would recommend seeing it by foot as the junction near it is an absolute nightmare to drive round.

Thank cg2792
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

First visit recently and very interesting building and architecture. There for the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce networking evening and lots of interesting people and a great view over the town from the roof garden

Thank Charles M
Hook, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This totally glass building stands at the edge of central Ipswich, it is well worth a viewing from the outside

Thank Alan J
North Ferriby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Apparently Norman fosters earliest project and clearly he was destined for finer things. As its now a preserved site the shallow and deepend of the columns emanating from the swimming pool below are still labelled in the open plan office above. They cannot be removed. The external black glazing is remarkable but internally the central escalators ascend centrally through the... More 

Thank Bill M
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This is a magnificent building which dates from the 1970s and is now listed by English Heritage. All the walls are dark glass which produce some wonderful reflections on the outside. Most modern buildings are featureless but this one is truly eye-catching.

Thank mjc404
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

When this building is open to the public i.e. Heritage Weekend, you can see the swimming pool installed for the staff, no longer in use, but preserved and the roof garden.

Thank Linda K

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