Superstructures demonstrates how a strand of experimental, post-war architecture became one of the most lasting and influential architectural languages of the late 20th century.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the first public building designed by renowned architect Norman Foster – and, with its extendable steel structure and ‘skin’ of glass and plastic panels, it is also the epitome of a new, technology-driven form of architecture that arose in the post-war decades.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the gallery plays host to an exhibition that charts the globally influential ‘High-Tech’ architecture and ‘superstructures’ that emerged from a generation of mostly British practitioners, through iconic models from international collections.

Rarely exhibited together, these include models of the Centre Pompidou and Waterloo International Rail Station as well as a three-metre-long model of the Sainsbury Centre itself – revealing the innovative engineering solutions crucial to the movement.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ

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