‘Superstructures’: High-Tech revisited at the Sainsbury Centre


Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts opened 40 years ago, making it an ideal location for an exhibition on the High Tech strand of engineering-infused modernism that came to dominate British architecture.

While some exhibits will be familiar to any student of the period, curators Abraham Thomas and Jane Pavitt have also pulled in many lesser-spotted objects, ranging from a poster for a Reyner Banham lecture and a limpid painting by Ben Johnson of the pool at Foster’s Willis Faber Dumas building to film of Frei Otto at work and a three-metre-long model of the Sainsbury Centre itself.


Top: Renault Distribition Centre, Foster & Partners, 1992
Above: ZipUp House, Richard Rogers, 1967-69 (ph: Eamonn O’Mahony)

‘Superstructures: The New Architecture 1960-90’
The Sainbury Centre for Visual Art, Norwich
Until 2 September 2018

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