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Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts
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Foster + Partners
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Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, England
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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts celebrates its 40th anniversary
Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, EnglandSUPERSTRUCTURES: THE NEW ARCHITECTURE 1960-­1990
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
24 March – 2 September 2018

Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, EnglandOpened in 1978, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the practice’s first cultural project, and one that embraced several themes that have remained at the core of our unique design approach – a strong belief in the integration of architecture and engineering, a commitment to low-energy, sustainable design, and a never-ending drive towards innovation.

It was a project that challenged several existing preconceptions about museums, breaking the traditional mould with a ‘museum without walls’. The immense influence of its radical approach –the all-encompassing building envelope, its relationship with the surrounding landscape, and the pioneering principles of social integration – can still be seen in some of the practice’s most recent projects, such as the Mexico City International Airport, Apple Park and the recently opened Bloomberg Headquarters in London.

To mark the occasion the centre is hosting a major exhibition to shine a light on developments in architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s. Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-1990 tells the story of architecture's fascination in the post-World War Two decades with new technology, lightweight structures, pioneering building techniques and innovative engineering solutions.
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ARCHITECT'S VIEW
 
 
Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, England“The Sainsbury Centre was a pivotal project not just for what was a fledgling practice at the time, but as a complete reimagination of what a cultural institution could be. Everything was radical about it – from its location in the wilderness of the UEA campus, next to the science buildings to encourage cross-fertilisation, to the creation of a single enclosure that was a technological, ecological and social condenser. It was also a quest for beauty – to sit lightly and elegantly on its site with an interior that captured the landscape of its setting, the poetry of natural light, and above all a fitting setting for the Sainsbury’s magnificent collection.”
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
United Kingdom
State
England
Region
East
County
Norfolk
District
Norwich
Town
Norwich
Address
University of East Anglia (UEA) campus
 
 
Telephone
+44.01603.593199
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Art museums
Specialized museums
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1974    
Realisation
1975 - 1978
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  Avengers: Age of Ultron
Directed by
Joss Whedon
Nationality
USA
Year of production
2015
Cast
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Building's role
Marginal
Title
  Ant-Man
Directed by
Peyton Reed
Nationality
USA
Year of production
2015
Cast
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip "T.I." Harris, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas
Building's role
Marginal
Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Title
  How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?
Directed by
Norberto Lopez Amado, Carlos Carcas
Nationality
United Kingdom, Spain
Year of production
2010
Cast
Norman Foster, Tony Hunt, George Weidenfeld, Richard Rogers, Bono, Deyan Sudjic, Paul Goldberger, Carl Abbott, Alain de Botton, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, Anthony Caro, Richard Long, Buckminster Fuller, Ben Cowd, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ricky Burdett, Spencer de Grey, David Nelson, Narinder Sagoo, Nigel Dancey, Loretta Law, Mouzhan Madidi, Stefan Behling, Jurgen Happ, Gerard Evenden
Building's role
Appreciable
Annotations
Producer: Elena Ochoa

Executive Producer: Antonio Sanz

Writer & Narrator: Deyan Sudjic

Music: Joan Valent

Director of Photography: Valentin Alvarez
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Witold Rybczynski, "“The Sainsbury Centre represents a built chronicle of Norman Foster’s evolution as a designer.”. Biography of a Building", Architect 2/2016, february 2016, pp. 73-77
Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, EnglandWitold Rybczynski, The Biography of a Building. How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum, Thames & Hudson, London 2011
Materia 32, maggio-agosto/may-august 2000 [Architettura dei luoghi di lavoro / Architecture of workplaces], pp. 88 (86-91)
Giuseppe Zampieri, "Foster in Gran Bretagna / Foster in Britain", Domus 825, aprile/april 2000, "itinerario/Itinerary 166" n. 3 (pp. 120-128)
Lotus international 99, dicembre/december 1998 [Forma e struttura / Form and Structure], pp. 26 (24-31)
Lotus international 78, ottobre/october 1993, [Applicazioni tecniche / Technical Applications], pp. 78 (66-79)
Bruno Zevi, Spazî dell'architettura moderna, Einaudi, Torino 1973, tav. 683 [XII. La terza età: itinerarî degli anni cinquanta-ottanta]
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CLIENT
 
 
University of East Anglia
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Anthony Hunt Associates
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Lanning Roper
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster Associates
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Lanning Roper, Norwich, Norfolk, England



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