Sainsbury Centre
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Architect Norman Foster
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Location Norwich, England   map
Date 1977   timeline
Building Type art gallery (art center)
 Construction System space frame and walls
Climate temperate
Context campus
Style High-Tech Modern
Notes at the University of East Anglia
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Photo, exterior overview of building from across the broad

Photo, exterior overview of building from land side

Photo, exterior detail of wall and cladding
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Drawings

 


Axonometric Drawing, showing structure and services

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Discussion Sainsbury Centre Commentary

"The Sainsbury Art Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich is described as a well-serviced metal-clad barn. Analogies have been drawn with the simplicity of expression and utility of purpose of Inigo Jones's St. Pauls Church, Covent Garden, London. It is a highly tuned and well-engineered shed for art of considerable sophistication serving as a research institute with public access gallery. It was sponsored by private funds. The white walls and roofs take the form of continuous trusses and all services are housed within the 'outer wall zone'."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p339.

Resources
Sources on Sainsbury Centre

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos, p338. — Available at Amazon.com

Photo by Ken Kirkwood, courtesy of Sir Norman Foster and Partners. DIL PCD.3735.1012.2064.01, exterior detail of cladding.

Photo by Dennis Gilbert, courtesy of Sir Norman Foster and Partners. DIL PCD.3735.1012.2064.02, interior night view of curving corridor.

Photo by Richard Davies, courtesy of Sir Norman Foster and Partners. DIL PCD.3735.1012.2064.03, exterior overview of building from across the broad.

Photo by Ken Kirkwood, courtesy of Sir Norman Foster and Partners. DIL PCD.3735.1012.2064.04, exterior overview of building from land side.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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