IELTS Cue Card: Describe an unusual building you have visited

Describe an unusual building you have visited

IELTS Cue Card Question 48 With Model Answer: 

Describe an unusual building you have visited.

You should say: 
  • where it is
  • what it is used for
  • what it looks like
and explain why you think it is unusual.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:
People love unusual or weird things and accordingly try to make their own things bizarre and thus special. When buildings are made unusually, they actually gain fame as the Basket Building in Ohio has turned so.

The Basket Building is, in fact, headquartering for a corporation named Longaberger Company. It is located in Newark of Ohio in the United States. The idea to make such a strange and attractive building came from the founder of the company and replicates a medium size basket produced by the corporation. The building is seven-storied and made with steel structure. It took around seven years to complete the construction of the building and it was opened for activities from 1997. The building has a unique interior and exterior decoration that has made it strange and attractive to the media and global people as well.

The building is used as the headquarter of Longaberger Company and the plan was that the other office buildings of the company will be made on the basket design, but after the death of Dave Longaberger, the company owner, his daughter did not allow to make all the buildings by the same design. Due to the steel structure and decoration, the building resembles the basket made by the company and has been awarded too for its splendid design and unusual decoration.

The Basket Building is the exact replica of a medium market size basket produced by the Longaberger Company. The company manufactures baskets and other lifestyle products in the USA. From a notable distance, people become perplexed at the first sight that a large basket is standing but they realise their mistake when they approach near the building. Due to its strange look, the building has become the issue of media attention and media-men of different countries have paid their visit at the building. Inside of the building is also decorated in an efficient manner to grab attention by the first sight of the visitors. The grand staircase is the most notable thing after the entrance inside and many of the visitors start playing the grand piano kept aside of the staircase.

The building is unusual in a positive sense. It is truly beautiful. The interior and exterior decoration is a wonder of modern days. The glass ceiling inside the building allows the visitors to look at the basket handles and the family paintings on the wall inside are amazing too. The floors are made with marble and the wood works were done from cherry wood farmed in private gardens of the founder family. The seven storied building is also considered as the world’s largest basket in the world. The building looks beautiful most at night for the lightings.