Norman Foster interview: Sainsbury Centre had crisis moments | Architecture | Dezeen

British architect Norman Foster recalls the challenges of designing the UK’s pioneering high-tech art gallery, in this exclusive video interview filmed by Dezeen as part of our high-tech architecture series.

Located on the campus of the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, UK, the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts is a 135-metre-long lattice steel structure with glazing at each end.

Completed in 1978, it was the first public building designed by Foster Associates – the architecture practice founded by Foster and his wife Wendy, which is now called Foster + Partners.

The gallery takes its name from the supermarket owners Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, who commissioned the building to house their extensive art collection alongside the University of East Anglia’s art faculty.

With works spanning 5,000 years of creative history and ranging from Henry Moore sculptures to cultural artefacts from Asia and Africa, the collection operates as both an ancillary to the art school and a public exhibition space.

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