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Address: Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England

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Unexpected Reflections

I thought this was going to be "just" a glass building but I soon realised that the angle of the reflections you get mirrored in the glass is very unpredictable and you soon start... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jan W
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought this was going to be "just" a glass building but I soon realised that the angle of the reflections you get mirrored in the glass is very unpredictable and you soon start to marvel at it. Wonderful fluid curves make the shape so pleasing and yet when you look at it as a whole you wonder how they... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Right opposite a beautiful medieval Church, how did the planners allow it? I agree with the summing up on a recent TV programme.

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Thank Clonark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This building u need to visit if u are in the ipswich area, its worth visiting when they have there open days, its got a lovely garden which i used to love sitting in when I worked at Willis in the Summer time.

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Thank Bubbly S
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We visited the Willis building on an Ipswich open house weekend, a very interesting building but go with a guide who will explain the whole of the building.

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Thank margarethall8
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Visited during an open day - interesting to see the structure from the inside and learn about the architecture and building. Great roof garden with path that you can walk the perimeter of the building and get wonderful views over the town.

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Thank Lisa C
Mission, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

I had the pleasure of being there on business for a week and was quiet taken back by the openness and brightness of the interior and stand alone in its architectural design from the rest of the town

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Thank Cathie H
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Jim M
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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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.

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Thank Clyde H
Darlington, United Kingdom
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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 

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Thank Paul H
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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