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Address: Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England

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Awesome building

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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English first
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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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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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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Address: Address: Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
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