Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Grosvenor Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Structural Engineer: Nolan Associates
Services Engineer: M&E Engineers – RPS
Client: Lend Lease
Area: 8,990 sqm
Photographs: Alan Williams Photography, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects
On the advice of English Heritage, architecture minister Ed Vaizey has listed Norman Foster’s first major public building: the 1977 Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in the United Kingdom. According to BDOnline, the popular public art museum, which houses the collection of Lord and Lady Sainsbury, was granted grade II* protection for its innovative engineering, fine design, historic association, flexibility and group value. Its revolutionary design features an innovative, prefabricated modular structure that is cleverly designed to allow for subsequent extension.
Vaizey described: “Norman Foster’s design for the Sainsbury Centre is recognized around the world as a high point of the British ‘high-tech’ movement and, by any standards, a modern classic.”
Read Foster’s response after the break.