Saturday, March 31, 2007

Sainsbury Centre

Norman Foster
University of East Anglia
Norwich, England
1977

One of the simplest and most adaptable art galleries ever. The cladding on the exterior is in square blocks that can be pulled off and replaced in five minutes by three people. The malleability of changing from steel to glass and back so quickly is one of the strengths of this building.

There has been a huge amount of critical response to this building in the last thirty years, most of it negative. But I like it. The simplicity and efficiency of the design is stunning. Also, the adaptability creates a very interesting interior cavity.



The above two photographs by .Martin.


The horizontal band in the foreground is a more recent addition. Photograph by lindakemp.


I love this staircase. A lot. Photograph by chailey.

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