IELTS Speaking A Building You Like: Below are the sample answers in Parts 2 and 3 talking about one kind of building that you like the most. Learn how to talk about this recent topic in IELTS Speaking. Get ideas on this post and think of your own answer. Also, don’t forget to add topic vocabulary words and use collocations in your answer. It’s all about Buildings! Aim for band 9.0!










Describe a building that you like


You should say:

  • What it looks like
  • Where it is
  • What it is used for
  • And explain why you like it





As I’m into architectural designs, talking about this topic shouldn’t be rocket science. Let me tell you about the skyscraper in Dubai which is internationally known as Burj Khalifa and originally called  Burj Dubai. This building is considered the tallest in the world, and is close to 3000 feet in height. Two years ago, I had my business trip in Dubai which was held in Armani Hotel which is situated inside the Burj Khalifa building. I was mesmerized by its design since it’s an ultimate symbol of glitz and glamor.




I’m into [expression] – another way to say ‘I’m interested’

Rocket science [noun] – very difficult

Skyscraper [noun] – building with many storeys

Mesmerize [verb] – hypnotize; fascinate

Glitz [noun] – extravagant display; to have attractive appearance

Glamor [noun] – appealing

The exterior appearance of the building is similar to that of a needle. Its base has a tripartite geometry which I heard was intentionally designed that way to optimize the residential and hotel spaces. This building has around 200 storeys and only 160 storeys are habitable if I’m not wrong. Due to the enormous number of floors, the building is equipped with 57 elevators and 8 escalators, to be exact. And as you know,  Dubai’s temperature is terribly scorching, the cladding system is designed order to withstand the extreme weather condition during summer.




Exterior [adj.] – outside

Tripartite [adj.] – to have three parts

Optimize [verb] – make use of something effectively

Habitable [adj.] – fit to live

Enormous [adj.] – many

Scorching [adj.] – very hot

Cladding system [noun] – the application of one material over another in order to resist the harsh weather

Withstand [verb] – to resist

I fell in love with this building from the very first time I stayed in the Armani hotel in Burj. This building is all-in-one! There are hotels, residences, swimming pools, excellent restaurants, and an observatory deck which is for me the best part since one can see the whole view of Dubai. And it is spectacular during the night as the city lights enveloped the whole city.


One day, I would love to pay a visit to that posh building again and explore its beauty even more. However, to make that a reality I should double my effort in working since everything in there costs an arm and a leg.




All-in-one [adj] – almost all purposes combined in one

Spectacular [adj.] – magnificent; gorgeous; beautiful

Envelop [verb] – cover or wrap something

Posh [adj.] – elegant; stylish

Cost an arm and a leg [idiom] – very expensive




PART 3 – Focuses on OLD




Is it important to preserve old buildings?


Well, I believe it depends on what kinds of buildings they are. If we talk about buildings with historical value, then it is the government’s obligation to protect and preserve them. Historical buildings reflect culture, tradition, or lifestyle. The building itself is a story of how people in the past lived their lives and that is a valuable fact that the young generation should understand.


For example, in this country, New Zealand, which was once a colony of Britain, you can see that the architecture of most buildings is greatly influenced by Gothic or Romanesque design – buildings have semi-circular or pointed arches, large windows, and spires. These should be preserved as they are a country’s treasure, other than that, some existing old buildings need not be preserved.




Historical value [noun] – the significance of a building as it represents the history of a place

Obligation [noun] – responsibility

Colony [noun] – a country that is under the control of another

Other than that [phrase] – except that


Do you think old and young people in your country have the same viewpoint about old buildings?


I believe both have a different attitude towards old buildings since each generation has a different perspective of almost all things and buildings are not an exemption.

I suppose most elderly people value those kinds of buildings as they have valuable memories. For instance, it would be disheartening for them to see an old building in their neighborhood being demolished since at some point in their lives it has become a part of their lives. As we know the majority of the elderly are sentimental.


On the other hand, young people tend to care less about those types of buildings as they have nothing to do with their lives, considering the character of the young, they always want something new or unique to their very eyes. So I am confident to say that they do not have any special feelings for buildings that are already outdated.




Perspective [noun] – opinion

Dishearten [verb] – discourage; to be depressed

Demolish [verb] – destroy

Sentimental [adj.] – emotional

Outdated [adj.] – old; out of style

What aspect of culture do old buildings reflect?


Well as I have mentioned earlier, if old buildings have historical significance then they symbolize the tradition or the lifestyle that people in the past had. Through those kinds of buildings, the young generation will have a glimpse of their own history. Although they did not experience how their ancestors lived their very lives, they will get an idea of what their life like.


For instance, the Philippines was under the rule of Spaniards for three centuries, there are still buildings in that country that are of Spanish influence, and because of that, the new generation of Filipino people will understand and will continue to be reminded of what kind of life their ancestors had.



A glimpse of/into [phrase] – an experience in which a person would get an idea of what something is like

Ancestor [noun] – a person from whom one is descended; a person in the past

Learn how to answer the RECENT IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 TOPIC about HOMETOWN on this link


And that’s all about IELTS Speaking Building You Like! I hope that you are now more confident in giving descriptions of buildings.



Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources:  Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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