Describe an interesting building | IELTS Cue Card | IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 Questions & Answers


This IELTS cue card is about an interesting building. You can decide why it is interesting.

TIPS:

You could talk about a historical building, a new building, the tallest building in your country, a building you have visited, a building you have seen on TV or the internet, or a building you would like to visit.

What kind of building is it?
  • is it a skyscraper (very, very tall)
  • a historical building (very old)
  • a modern building (very new)
  • a public building (museum, church, government building, etc.)
  • or maybe a commercial building (hotel, office block, shopping mall, etc.) or a private building (home, mansion, residence)?
Why is it interesting?
  • is it very old and important (historical significance)?
  • is the architecture (design) outstanding/modern/award winning?
  • is its function very creative/innovative?
  • is it simply very different from other buildings in your country?
  • is it a famous building; the tallest, the biggest, etc.
Try to think of 2 or 3 interesting things about the building and focus on constructing your answer around those points.

Describe an interesting building.
You should say:

  • where the building is
  • the kind of building it is
  • why you think it is interesting
and explain how you know about this building and what it is used for.


IELTS Sample Answer: Describe an interesting building

When I was on vacation last summer I saw a lot of interesting places, but one that sticks in my mind is a tower, well actually some people called it a fort – it was constructed a long time ago, in the 17 century.

It was used to guard the shore against invasions from enemies and for that reason it had a semicircular gun platform, or an artillery battery, which was able to defend against attacks from the sea.

The design of the building is quite simple; it’s a four-walled structure with a pentagonal turret (or tower) at each corner. The entrance to the tower is via a drawbridge – just like you see in old castles, and there is a moat all around the structure, although now it’s a ditch without any water.

It’s been used for various purposes over the centuries, obviously for defense, also as a prison, and more recently it housed a restaurant as well as a pizzeria although when I visited it the building was closed and apparently now it isn’t actually used for anything – it’s just a historical site.

But we were lucky enough to see a special event there – a historical re-enactment of one of the important events that happened during an invasion – this was part of a celebration of the building’s 400th year.

The interesting thing is – it’s not a famous building like the Eiffel Tower or the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, it wasn’t built by a well-known architect or anyone famous, but it’s size and appearance in contrast to the area around it.

And its commanding view of the sea are quite impressive, not to mention the fact that it’s more than 400 hundred years old and it’s still standing there – very imposing.

When we were standing inside we could almost ‘feel’ the history in its walls and you could easily imagine how things were at the time it was built – it has such a presence. That’s why I think it’s an interesting building – because of how it made me feel.




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