Thoroughly modern

Norwich may be known for its wealth of history but it also has some stunning modern architecture

The Forum

Designed by Hopkins Architects, the Forum was built as a millennium project on the site of the previous Norwich Library, which burned down in 1994. Completed in 2001, it is home to the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, the local Tourist Information Centre, the BBC East offices and studios, and a café and restaurant.

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Designed between 1974 and 1976, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the first of architect Norman Foster’s major public buildings. The innovative building is formed around a steel framework, with individual aluminium and glass panels. It houses the famous Robert and Lisa Sainsbury art collection, as well as exhibition areas, study spaces, a shop and restaurant.

Norwich Cathedral

On the site of one of the city’s most historic buildings visitors can now also enjoy cutting-edge contemporary architecture. The very modern Hostry, Refectory and Upper Cloister were designed
by Hopkins Architects to enhance and respect the ancient Norwich Cathedral complex.

Photograph by Nick Read