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“Absolutely beautiful”

The Willis Building
Ranked #21 of 114 things to do in Ipswich
Certificate of Excellence
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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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 over Ipswich. Every year Ipswich Borough Council hold a Heritage Day and Willis open their doors for people to view. The decor is yellow walls and green floors, originally thought to have been the colours of grass and corn !!!!. the ceilings are of aluminium lighting , quite impressive for the early 1970's.

Thank Nessie60
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

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

Thank Hauxton
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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....

Thank Clyde H
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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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