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Address: Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England

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Iconic building

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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317 reviews 317 reviews
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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.

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ipswich
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 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.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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88 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

the willis building is sleek and modern despite being around 40 years old. you would be forgiven for thinking it was built in this century. Norman Foster was the architect and for years it has been one of the stand out landmarks in Ipswich. i wont get bored of walking by the building for a long time.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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IPSWICH
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
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
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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