34 YEARS SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS

With the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts marking 34 years since its first opening, RIBA Journal this month revisits Norman Foster’s visionary design. During my 8 years involvement at the Sainsbury Centre as project architect (with Foster + Partners) for the more recent refurbishment and alterations, we paid particular attention to maintaining the master pieces original vision. Much of the design ideas still hold today and stand as a remarkable achievement in how a strong concept can produce fantastic architecture, how great design evolves out of close interaction with a client, and how a spectacular building can be delivered under enormous budget constraints. The Sainsbury Centre has captured the imagination of so many and will always be one of my favourite buildings.