When preceded by a consonant,* the letters UIL are pronounced [weel], with one exception: building is pronounced [beel deeng] - there is no "w" sound after the B.
The letters UILLE are usually pronounced [weey] - the double L is pronounced like a "y." But there are two groups of exceptions: when the letter combination is preceded by G or Q, there is no "w" sound.
French words with UIL and UILLE
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huile (f) (oil)
une tuile (tile)
une cuillère (spoon)
un building (high-rise building)
un guillemet (quotation mark)
la quille (keel)
Note that LL preceded by UI is always pronounced like a "y," but this is not necessarily the case for other words with LL.
*The pronunciation is different in letter combinations that include another vowel: see EUIL / EUILLE and OUIL / OUILLE.
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