Checked content

File:Foster - Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters Ipswich.jpg

Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters, in Ipswich, England (also known as the 'Willis building'). This building was one of Norman Foster's first major commissions. Constructed between 1970 and 1975, it is now a landmark in the development of the 'high tech' building style.

The building houses 1300 office staff in open plan offices spread over three floors. The central escalator well, leads up to a roof top staff restaurant surrounded by a roof top garden ( 360 panorarma).

The bulbous floorplan of the office block reflects the layout of the available site in the centre of Ipswich, which is sandwiched between several road junctions.

The centre of the building is constructed from a grid of concrete pillars, 14 meters apart, supporting cantilevered concrete slab floors. The exterior is clad in a dark smoked glass curtain wall.

Keywords: Norman Foster, Willis Faber and Dumas building, Ipswich, high tech architecture, office building, curtain wall

Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 11 August 2005.
I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license:
w:en:Creative Commons
attribution share alike
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
You are free:
  • to share – to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to remix – to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
  • attribution – You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • share alike – If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

The following pages on Schools Wikipedia link to this image (list may be incomplete):

Background information

This selection has made Wikipedia available to all children. SOS Children's Villages believes that a decent childhood is essential to a happy, healthy. Our community work brings families new opportunities through education, healthcare and all manner of support. Try to find out how you can help children in other countries on our web site.