SUPERSTRUCTURES: The New Architecture, 1960-1990

24 Mar 2018 – 2 Sep 2018

Event times

Tuesday - Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Closed on Mondays, including bank holiday Mondays.

Cost of entry

£12/£10.50 concessions.

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Norwich, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus numbers 25, 25a and x25 run from Norwich city centre to UEA ' ask for the Sainsbury Centre stop. Park & Ride service 604 runs Monday to Friday to the main UEA bus stop.
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A major exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sainsbury Centre, the first ever public building designed by Norman Foster.


2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the first public building designed by the world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. 

In celebration, the Sainsbury Centre is launching a major exhibition to shine a light on developments in architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Superstructures 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.

Discover how the Sainsbury Centre was made and how earlier feats of engineering, such as The Crystal Palace, inspired Superstructure galleries, factories, offices, transport hubs and homes.

Encounter a range of fascinating objects from drawings and paintings, furniture and product design to photographs and film. 

Rarely seen together, a selection of iconic models will also be on display, including the Pompidou Centre by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano; Waterloo International Rail Station by Nicholas Grimshaw and the Hopkins House by Michael and Patty Hopkins, and a brand new three-metre-long model of the Sainsbury Centre.

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Richard Rogers

Nicholas Grimshaw

Norman Foster

Renzo Piano

Michael and Patty Hopkins


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