Forgive my poorly researched publication on the Willis building in Ipswich, having published the blog I was drawn to spend some more time on a building that I have always found fascinating.
I did a disservice to the impressive ambition of Sir Norman Foster, bearing in mind that this building was built between 1970 and 1975, the swimming pool was on the ground floor thus presenting the unusual scenario of stepping out of the pool and being only a sheet of glass away from a busy street.
It is true that the pool is no longer in use and also that it could not be filled in due to listed status, interestingly glass panels were installed between the floor and the pool infill so that you can see the tiled walls and depth markers. I would guess that this gives the office staff in this area the distinct impression of being on an island.
I have added a few pictures below, one shows the swimming pool feature described above, another shows the lime green and lemon decor which has to be maintained under the listed status and is often rumoured to be a joke at Ipswich FC expense being the colours of neighbouring Norwich, also a couple showing the stunning contrast between reflective daytime cloak and invisible nighttime exposure.