Norwich Architecture -UEA Ziggurat & Sainsbury Centre
Norwich architecture is very varied with ancient and modern in close proximity. The University of East Anglia (or UEA) is home to some very interesting buildings. The UEA buildings are examples of modern architecture that have become iconic parts of the Norfolk landscape. In fact, the “Ziggurat” student accommodation blocks featured in these photos have protected listed status.
Reminiscent of ancient pyramids, the Ziggurat buildings overlook the UEA broad. They feel like they are making a bold statement so it seemed natural to me to work with and enhance that sense of drama. In the images featured here I have used an ultra wide angle lens to accentuate the perspective and a long exposure to add a more moody and artistic feel to the sky.
The UEA Ziggurat buildings have a large metal sculpture in front of them that despite its size is dwarfed by the architecture. They are also very close to another iconic piece of Norwich architecture, namely the Sainsbury Centre.
The Sainsbury Centre
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts looks a little like an aircraft hanger when seen from a distance. It is home to some permanent exhibitions as well as hosting visiting artwork. It recently came to even wider attention thanks to featuring in The Avengers movie. So, despite being decades old, the architecture still has a futuristic look.
As you can see from the above image, outdoor art installations are also on display at The Sainsbury Centre. With the extensive grounds of the UEA right on the doorstep, it is well worth a visit and a wander around the broad.
© Joe Lenton, August 2019