UTS Broadway Design Competition Gallery

This gallery has been set up as a forum to display competition entries for the UTS Broadway Design Competition. We have contacted the competition registrar to ask whether there are any plans to exhibit any entries and they replied with a generic email notifying us instead of the shortlisted entrants.

The competition opened up an opportunity for less established practices a chance to compete for a large public project and introduce new blood (young practices, new practices, practices not normally engaged for university projects) into the arena of public architecture. We obviously have a vested interest in the promotion of less established offices, firstly because we are one and secondly because we believe that a diverse ecology is vital in the ongoing cultural capital of this city. That none of the practices here made the short-list is disappointing - there are some great ideas on display.

There is some discussion taking place concerning the missed opportunity to demonstrate alternate methods of commissioning architects and the notion that UTS may used architecture to established its brand and set it apart from other universities in Australia by engaging new practices. Visit this google group if you would like to join in this discussion.

Following are entries for the competition that have been mailed to us:

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Andrew Burns and Hamish Watt

Team:
Andrew Burns and Hamish Watt
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CONCEPTS

An iconic setting for Engineering and IT. A place of innovative and dynamic research, fully engaged with industry. The facility will redefine the image and activities of UTS in the following ways:

Nature / Technology

All research must operate within a nature / technology paradigm. Industry is becoming reconfigured to preserve rather than exploit nature, and research must participate in this shift. The building combines natural elements with industrial and digital elements, striving for a synthesis of nature and technology.

Material / Immaterial

IT and Engineering operate at the threshold of the material and immaterial. The proposal explores this transition. The structure dematerialises from a massive concrete base frame, to light steel framing, timber and aluminium screens and finally to data. Data projection becomes a part of the material palette.

Forum of Research

Large scale stairs welcome the city and industry into a forum of research, defining a core value of UTS and vitalizing the research culture.

BKK

Team:
Simon Knott, Julian Kosloff, Tim Black, Alan Ting, Adi Attic, Simon Linardi, Julian Faelli
Collaborators:
ESD Strategy - Third Skin, ESD and Services - Connell Wagner, Architectural Partner - Detail 3
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DESIGN STATEMENT

The new UTS Broadway Building is designed to reflect the ambitions and objectives of the University moving into the 21st Century and beyond. The design approach to the building consists of the following main directions.

APPROPRIATE ARCHITECTURAL ICON

The building demonstrates leading-edge architectural design, both of a local and international quality, which reflects the creative innovative direction of the University. The design also creates a civic, gateway role for the building within the local and greater Sydney area. It is essential that the design is appropriate for UTS and its vision for the future.

Collins and Turner

Team:
Markus Bruenjes, Penny Collins, Lucy Humphrey, Huw Turner, Katja Zumpe, Christian Zawatzki
Consultants:
Structural and Environmental Engineering: Arup Multimedia Artist: James Clar Proposed Stage 2 Collaborators: Government Architects Office
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A robust diagram was devised to address the likely constant state of flux of the programmatic requirements of the University, from the planning stages to the building in use. A diagram in which floorplate efficiency and flexibility for future usage are prime generators. The scheme is simple: a series of large, column free, 16.5 m deep floorplates are positioned along Broadway. Service cores are located to the north of the site and act to co-join the new structure to Building 10. Between these, a dramatic free-form void provides daylighting, fresh air, and visual connectivity and amenity to both buildings. This canyon space has a permeable envelope and connects the faculty areas and vertical circulation through habitable and landscaped bridges. The new building links to building 10 in a series of locations, including via a rooftop sky-garden at level 8. The new sky-garden becomes a tranquil open-air research laboratory, benefiting both buildings. The idea of a media facade to Broadway was eschewed in favour of a simple double skin facade incorporating micro turbines providing wind generated energy, with a subtle kinetic expression, as a part of a holistic mixed mode sustainability strategy. Below the building, a large public space (data-forum) connects with the canyons above. The surfaces of the public space and canyons are treated as programmable displays. The multi-media potentiality of the building is therefore evident primarily to those who enter and use the building, through a process of discovery.

Choi Ropiha

Team:
John Choi, Tai Ropiha, Steven Fighera, Linda Lam, Toby Breakspear, Jerome Cateaux, Langzi Chiu, Joshua Zoeller
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These drawings were presented in booklet format and used the A2 panels as placeholders.
Crawford Architects

Team:
Paul Godsell, John Crawford, Tony Gray
Collaborators:
SKM - ESD - Shailja Chandra, Architectural Images - Visualisation - Andrew Slocombe, Robert Walsh, Daniel Hou
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DnA Architects

Team:
Wayne Dufty, Mike Buttery, Priscilla Khoo, Phuoc Hua
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Genesis

This concept design is a composition of four key elements; The Crystal, The Lung, The Plaza and The Data Egg

The Crystal

Inspiration for this design is influenced by crystalline forms of silicon which is symbolically at the heart of all computers and is the fundamental element in glass, which defines modern architecture today.

Two strands of horizontal super-scaled crystalline forms make up the ICT Faculty accommodation. This protective urban street edge provides a robust public interface onto Broadway and becomes an iconic architectural gesture of great clarity. The form is a landmark, gateway building for UTS and Sydney, that tells the story of it's use through it's form expression and the story of silicon.

On the protective northern side of the crystalline form, is a calmer, semi-public micro-climate zone and photo voltaic cells.

The Lung

The centre piece of this space is an organic form named the 'lung', which alludes to it's form and function. The 'lung' is a micro-climate oxygen generating living form that also provides a break out space for the faculty at every level. The spaces within the 'lung', have no defined function and thus allows for creative use. A breathing space.

The 'lung' is an open weave form with a generous double skin structure to allow plants, water harvesting, wind turbines and photo voltaic cells to be accommodated within the walls of the 'lung'. This greening of the vertical form brings life to the internal street and is a symbolic centrepiece for the building.

The living quality of the 'lung' collects and redirects, prevailing winds and sunlight, and filters it through the vertical garden of the double walled structure to create a truly green edifice for the ICT Faculty.

The Data Egg

At the heart of the 'lung' is a suspended spherical 'Data Egg' which is a 360 degree internally illuminated multi-media screen, visible from all points. It dominates and activates the ground level plaza area. It is the tangible expressive facility of the faculty and is directly above the lower plaza data arena.

The Plaza

The whole ground plane is permeable to facilitate the desired connections expressed in the masterplan. Some points of the ground plane have been manipulated to peel back corners to activate access to lower plaza levels, creating more space and also providing expressive car park access. Slightly raised ground plane levels provide perfect respite spaces for cafes and people watching spaces. The underbelly of the floating crystalline forms also provide semi shelter and permeability of the ground plane and an open gateway to the UTS campus.

DRAW + BIG

Team:
DRAW: John de Manincor, Adam Russell, Marissa Looby, Raffello Rosselli, Sally Hsu.
BIG: Bjarke Ingles, Jakob Lange, Hanna Johnasson Realities United: Jan Elder
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" THEY SAY THE NEON LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT ON BROADWAY
THEY SAY THERE'S ALWAYS MAGIC IN THE AIR
BUT WHEN YOU'RE WALKIN' DOWN THE STREET
AND YOU AIN'T HAD ENOUGH TO EAT
THE GLITTER RUBS RIGHT OFF AND YOU'RE NOWHERE"
" THEY SAY THE WOMEN TREAT YOU FINE ON BROADWAY
BUT LOOKIN' AT THEM JUST GIVES ME THE BLUES
'CAUSE HOW YA GONNA MAKE SOME TIME
WHEN ALL YOU GOT IS ONE THIN DIME
AND ONE THIN DIME WON'T EVEN SHINE YOUR SHOES"
" THEY SAY THAT I WON'T LAST TOO LONG ON BROADWAY
I'LL CATCH A GREY HOUND BUS FOR HOME THEY ALL SAY
BUT THEY'RE DEAD WRONG I KNOW THEY ARE
'CAUSE I CAN PLAY THIS HERE GUITAR
AND I WON'T QUIT TILL I'M A STAR ON BROADWAY"
- George Benson

It is not the strongest of the universities that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Broadways Spectacle of Experience

The UTS-ITE facility will substantiate the universities presence in the city, not merely as a contextually sensitive, robust and compelling built form but more-so as a constantly emerging spectacle of experience.

Open-Source Green Loop

Open feedback systems ensure the UTS-ITE is an active participant in the ecology within which it is embedded. Innovation constantly balances the interface between ecology and technology.

Editable floor-plate

Well-serviced, adaptable, naturally lit spaces that can be transfigured to multiple configurations that promote collaboration.

Media arena

An omni-directional platform, serving as recreational space, as communication hub and as temporary project space. A new form emerging at the intersection of information and space where interactive data structures can be visualised and manipulated.

Info-spatial platform

The UTS-ITE is a temporal arena where coincident flows of the school and the city coalesce - a 'borderland' between campus and community, students and city, information and space.

Architecture

Rather than revolution we are interested in evolution. As Darwin describes creation, we will let the forces of society, multiple and conflicting interests, decide which of our ideas survive, and which becomes extinct. Surviving ideas evolve through mutation and crossbreeding in to an entirely new species of architecture. Architects need not be seen as the sole creators of architecture but rather the midwives of the continuous birth of architectural species shaped by the countless criteria of multiple interests. We are interested in an architecture that incorporates and integrates difference, not through compromise but by tying conflicting interests into a Gordian knot of new ideas - An inclusive rather than exclusive architecture.

Yes is More. Viva la Evolution!

UTS Campus

The UTS campus master plan signals the commencement of two critical and necessary 'adjustments' between UTS and the city. The first, a passive and polite gesture - the opening up of the ground plane to provide connectivity and improved amenity to Ultimo and Broadway. This move will of course encounter with issues such as privacy, security, public space[s], individuals and the collective and the definition of a legible hierarchy of movement. The second, more narcissistic adjustment sees the institution exploiting the master plan as a vehicle to exert it's presence on the city. In the context of this submission, harnessing the heady combination of IT and Engineering - both expressive pursuits - will position the ITE Building as the university flagship. The ITE building will act as a screen, framing and delivering lows of data, culture, knowledge and innovation whilst filtering and transmitting energy, air, water, light and sound from the surrounds. The building's success will be borne through ability of it's occupants to adapt and control these flows in space and time.

Sustainment

Ticking the sustainability boxes of today is just not enough. We should be asking 'what are the sustainability issues that are yet to make the agenda? The ITE building will provide a framework for perpetual innovation in this field. A truly sustainable building is surely not autonomous. Ongoing sustainability will depend on adaptation and evolution. Adaptability relies on being connected - to information, systems, networks and ecologies. Feed-back loops within the systems will constantly balance the interface between ecology and technology. Zero carbon, positive energy, sewer mining, food & habitat production, life-cycle cost saving, income production, risk-avoidance and climate adaptation are just some of the many threads to a successful sustainability network.

Info-spatial platform

The ITE building will develop a new level of 'mediality' for UTS, Sydney and beyond. This fusion will position UTS as a leading institution of constantly emerging innovation and creativity; a place where technology and creativity intersect. Many of the embedded facilities will be less laboratory in the academic sense and more an omni-directional platform, serving as recreational space, as communication hub and as temporary project space. Technical maneuverability is one thing; the possibility of an aesthetically motivated synchronization of many movements is something else. The “medial” utilization of networked and expanded (building) technology - a flexible and changeable appearance of buildings or architecture as choreography - permits new layers of meaning and changeable buildings. Changeable in their expression, atmosphere and appearance, but also changeable in their locations and interior organization.

Hassell

Team:
Ken Maher, Neil Hill, Michael Luders, Maggie Chigwidden, Shawn Li, Chris Chesters (visualisation)
Consultants:
Structure - Taylor Thompson Whitting, ESD - Steensen Varming Associates, QS - WT Partnership
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OC/DC - Craig Chatman Architects & Daiman Otto

Team:
Craig Chatman, Daiman Otto
Collaborators:
Atze Boerstra - Environmental Engineer
Warren Taylor - Graphic Design

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UTS Broadway - Building as Environmental Exchange

UTS Broadway will be a testing ground for UTS. It is the core facility for the core ambitions of the institution – to actively build relationships between its students, its faculty, industry and the public; and to actively develop the knowledge that these relationships produce. UTS posits a practice-oriented approach to learning and research – it seeks to participate in and create a community. UTS Broadway and the wider UTS masterplan are considered and deliberate moves to enable a specific type of environment that incorporates wisdom from past successes and future ambitions – they are moves that are active, responsive and inclusive. The key to the success of UTS Broadway is the degree to which it both engages with and creates its environment. But its success and sustainability revolve around two contradicting concerns:

resisting change and enabling change

How can UTS Broadway respond to this dichotomy? In biological systems, success means mediating forces and minimising surprises. It has been suggested that the brain operates on a free energy principle – a continual process of comparing what is sensed in the environment with what is expected in the environment. When the two models match, energy is minimised allowing excess energy to be used for further prediction and learning. So the brain encodes a model of the environment in which it is immersed - it participates in and acts upon the environment in which it resides. The richer the environment, the richer the encoding.

In order to respond to this challenge, UTS Broadway will need to continuously and actively sample and participate in its environment – changing in response to external and internal forces – as well as acting upon it in specific ways – generating external and internal forces. Whatever its form, this relationship is by definition contextual – it becomes a set weaved within a set.

Architecturally, this approach leads one to a building that is saturated with tension and potential. A building by nature resists change; it has mass, structure – it is intended to endure. Therefore the idea of a minimal framework is key – enough structure for stability, not enough for stasis. For the inhabitants and users of the building, the experience will be rich, arousing and reflective.

UTS Broadway will be in a continual process of exchange with its environment – at the threshold of this exchange is a solution of intelligent surfaces. The role of these surfaces is to predict change, enable change and reflect change; input leads to output leads to input. There are a range of measures within the building that allow for energy conservation, generation and distribution – they are active and passive and full of purpose.

Ultimately, physical position and institutional desires are the paramount design factors; it has an incredible and influential urban site; the intentions for the building are magnanimous and ambitious; the inputs and outputs are specific and dynamic [and mostly predictable]; and it must allow for spikes and bursts of knowledge and interaction.

It is essential that UTS Broadway sit within the core and periphery of its environment – it is an exchange of diverse forces.

Order City

Team:
Nic Moore, Daniel Fink
Collaborators:
Tamara Frangelli, ESD - Damien Butler
Capability Partner:
Daryl Jackson/Robin Dyke
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01: REJECTING THE IMPENETRABLE BIG-BLOCK CITY

From its genesis and up to the second half of the 20th century, Broadway was bounded predominantly by small shops, houses, workshops and offices. Small lanes formed a network of passages for access and movement. These were pleasant, and of human scale.

This fine grain and network of lanes and small blocks between Harris and Wattle streets was lost with the consolidations between the 1940s and 1960s to form the Fairfax compound and the Sydney Technical Collage, and later the University of Technology Sydney. The architecture was institutional and impenetrable. The city was shut out.

02: A RETURN TO THE FINE GRAINED CITY: SHOPS WITH TRADE ROUTES

The new and revitalised UTS should be generated by the fine-grain of small shops and lanes along Broadway. The university campus should be trans- formed into a series of education and research shops connected by trade routes.

03: THE FACULTY SPANS FIVE SHOPS

This proposal is for the new Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology to be made up of five individual shops, each accommodating a collection of like-functions. This will be a prototype for the campus development. The faculty should be easily navigated and understood. Staff, students and the public alike quickly learn what each of the shops represent and provide.

The collection of 'shops' can be read as a diagram of the faculty:

  1. LAB SHOP - Laboratories, Data Arena, Workshops, Renderfarm, Super Computing
  2. STAFF SHOP - Administration, Academic Offices
  3. STUDENT SHOP - Undergraduate, Post-graduate, Research, Computer Labs
  4. SHOW AND TELL SHOP - Lecture Theatres, Tutorial Rooms, Studio Theatre, Pub
04: THE SHOPS ARE CONNECTED BY TRADE ROUTES AND SIT ABOVE AN UNDULATING GROUND PLANE

The shops are connected by trade routes on alternating floors. Moments of personal engagement create a cross-pollination of ideas. The trade routes begin and end in showcase boxes that penetrate the facades. Meetings, experiments, performances and displays of activity occur at these points, drawing the attention of the public from the Broadway, Wattle and Jones Streets.

The public are welcomed into the shops via the stepped and sloped ground plane below the shops. On this folded plane, the public can observe lectures, participate in moments of discovery in the data arena, and view exhibitions and performances. Between the shops and Building 10, is line of the original lane. It forms the end of a new intra-uni axis and is a cool and quiet place to sit with friends. It opens to Wattle Street‚ a new doorway to the campus from the west.

S2F

Team:
Clinton Murray, Marina Kozul, Martin Tuktens, Arthur Collin, Walter Carniato, Nikhila Madabhushi, Peter Ekama, Nick Hawker, Romona Babarskas, Doug Crawford, James Downing, Phillip Ward
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UTS RESONANCE | CONCEPT

Major pedestrian areas are located east (Jones Street) and west (Wattle Street) of the site. The natural slope encourages the use of a combination of floor levels all which meet at the Pavilion undercroft. Below ground, a pedestrian link under Jones Street connects the Building 2 Basement workshop spaces to UTS Resonance Workshops. The underground passageway provides an efficient and direct connection between existing engineering activities and proposed future expansion needs. The passage way also provides secure 24 hour access. And remoteness for all scopes of research work. Above ground, the proposed building connects the entrance / exit to Jones Street and creates further opportunities for the UTS Building 10 via Level 2 Ground Floor Public Domains, and Level 7 (an existing cafeteria space).

From near and afar, the diagonals look to the organic nature of growth and continuity, and the Architectural opportunities they subsequently bring. The diagonal ribbons serve two major functions, firstly to breakaway from the thought that connectivity / circulation in all forms only happens on horizontal & vertical planes, and secondly to truly collaborate and create high performance architecture, stair circulation and energy systems are combined and appropriately places throughout the buildings height. The diagonal paths efficiently connect building levels and provide innovative natural light wells for direct and indirect light.

The concept draws on the theories of order, hierarchy and chaos in the physical and virtual world. Upon entering the building undercroft, the sites natural slope reveals the major service & transport cores and creates a clear but secure transition to specific facilities.

UTS RESONANCE | CLIMATIC INTEGRATION & HIGH PERFORMANCE DESIGN

Energy Systems & the Conceptual IT Core - Heating

The nature of the UTS Resonance building is undoubtedly to enable high performing people, high performance software & hardware . The proposal for UTS Resonance is to remove the heat from the data centres which stands at about 42 degrees and to recirculate that heat into tri-generation technologies.

Atrium Lighting & Side Lighting

The atrium penetrates the top 7 levels of the building in order to provide direct day lighting and indirect day lighting to people in the workspaces throughout the building. The major benefit of the ribbon diagonals is that they delineate not only the floor but also the walls in one gesture opening up light wells as they unfold.

Landscaped Roof Garden

Roof Top Laboratories link the proposed UTS Resonance building and Building 10. Currently under-utilised, the roof top conversions could provide UTS with greater outdoor informal gathering space, formal research designated laboratory spaces and greater thermal massing to Building 10.

The roof top aims to serve one of the specialised Research Laboratories that require testing and prototypical spaces as part of UTS research. Domestic environments could be simulated to test new computing applications and products for the home. The façade systems of UTS Resonance could be configured to test new materials and their environmental performance alongside Private Industry research and innovation.

The roof top is fundamental to the Research Laboratories and provides easy access to areas with uninterrupted daylight.

Roof Top Rainwater catchment & (BIPV) Building Integrated Photovoltaics

As conventional mechanical plant has been minimized and combined with passive thermal control such as gabion rock walls, the roof is now largely free and can be utilised for rainwater catchment and Building Integrated Photovoltaics. The rainwater tanks are positioned on the outermost east and west zones. This enables the diagonal service planes (beneath the circulation passages) to gravity feed the water for building use, such as in Irrigation & WC flushing.

Gabion Rock Labyrinths & Walls - Cooling

The Causeway air cavity would be used by the UTS Resonance Building by drawing in the cool stored air between the two buildings via the Gabion Rock formations. The air then becomes conditioned and is exhausted throughout the building. The reduced mechanical roof plant also shows that with a passive thermal control solution, cost savings can be substantial and maintenance and services are kept to a minimum due to the simplicity of the system. The diagonal planes play another major role within the larger activity values such as in the Auditorium where the natural slope promotes the thermal buoyancy of the heated air in order to be exhausted outside.

SEARLE/WALDRON with SLA

Team:
Nick Searle + Suzannah Waldron
Collaborators:
Davin Smith - Smith Lebbos Architecture
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VERTICAL INSIGHT CROSS-VERTICAL INTERACTIONS

Typically horizontal segregation of staff and student zones renders staff inaccessible. This notion is reconfigured with vertical insight distributing teaching, laboratories, offices and breakout spaces across the height of the building. Offices for staff, academics and Phd students are housed vertically to one side, circulation and open learning with labs and student teaching zones clustered together into volumes are housed to the other.

ACTIVE SECTION

Program adjacency promotes and increases the interaction between different users. Students, staff, industry and the public interact across all levels fostering social connections and creating a stimulating intellectual environment. The spatial organisation promotes student engagement, provides spaces to be utilised in a variety of ways - with flexible, informal learning zones as well as breakout areas for students and staff.

INNOVATION VOLUMES

Inserted into this vertical public zone are a series of volumes containing specialised innovative spaces and public functions. The potential use of each volume is expressed through it's shape, scale and surface – for example a Stepped Auditoriums, Spherical Data Arena, Stacked Transparent Remote Labs, Visible Building Services, LED Embedded Labs and Cubic Collaborative Research Labs.

CAMPUS CONNECTOR

Forming a leading edge; pushing the campus in new directions - the building is a connector at multiple levels directing pedestrians through the university grounds. Enhancing green space - parks and winter gardens are integrated into the envelope - expanding directly to a large roof top garden above the main building - connecting directly to other campus buildings at elevated levels.

FAÇADE AND STRUCTURE + INTERACTIVE INSIGHT

Flexible, large span floors run from the outer lattice structure to a central core. The façade varies in porosity to shield against solar gain and has an acoustic double skin to guard against traffic noise. Opening to clear internal spaces - the façade highlights the interactive insights of UTS, visually connecting the activities with the urban environment. It is an overlay of the structure and communication systems of the building, an illustration the notional intersection of the Engineering + IT / knowledge + creativity.

ENERGY

A central energy centre produces co-generated power utilising heat as by-product, coupled to an absorption chiller to provide cooling for the building via network of in-slab pipes embedded in structural frame. This reduces the reliance on energy sapping air conditioning. Energy generation also occurs on the roof with PV panels providing electricity and solar hot water.

GREEN BUILDING

Sustainable use of building materials from renewable sustainable sources would be chosen for their high recycled content. Black water treatment is incorporated into the building - purifying wastewater, rainwater and storm-water to 'grade A' quality for reuse on the campus. Displacement ventilation provides excellent air circulation and high indoor air quality with low energy consumption. The stack effect is utilised though the southern voids, creating free air movement exhausting through roof vents. Open and porous edges to the surrounding streets facilitate connections with public transport and encourage pedestrian movement through the building - with Bicycle parking provided in the rear lane.

Studio [R]

Team:
Sam Rigoli, Mark Szczerbicki, John Cabello, Glenn Macari, Caryn Lim
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Our proposal is a reaction to the mute, static and introspective presence of Building 1 and the urban nature of the UTS city campus. We propose a new icon for the campus in the form of an ephemeral, dynamic and transparent tower floating above a folded landscape. The ground plane contains a new rooftop park which folds down into the digital arena to fluidly interlace and immerse public circulation with the digital explorations and research activities happening within the new facility.

The surface of the proposed tower adds an ever-changing billboard to the city skyline, putting student's research and experimentation on public display. The transparent facade acts as a phenomenological filter for the influx of natural light, ventilation and the control of views, as well as a vertical laboratory and testing-ground for new technologies. At any one time panels might be replaced to test new material prototypes, spaces blacked out, and projections used to animate sections of the building. This combined with the ebb and flow of the movement of students and staff creates a dynamic public gateway to the CBD and an extraordinary facade to Broadway and Abercrombie Street.

The proposed rooftop park links and extends the green spaces of the Broadway Precinct Concept Plan onto the roofs of existing buildings to create a unique experience of a 'floating' landscaped campus suspended above its gritty urban context. This sustainable landscape solution maximises green open space and retains a strong connection to the city while allowing pedestrians access to all buildings without the need to cross traffic lines.

Cutting-edge technologies to facilitate the best achievements against the Green Star rating system, on-site energy generation and advanced environmental modelling help to put the UTS campus at the forefront of future directions in environmental sustainability.

The concept of a flexible framework allows for an architecture readily adaptable to future technologies. A strong focus on lean philosophy, collaborative intelligence, and a symbiotic cycle of purposeful research reinforce the high profile of UTS as a world leader in creative and IT industries.

Super Colossal

Team:
Matthew Bennett, Erin Field, Sarah Hearne, Marcus Trimble
Collaborator:
Dan Hill - Arup, City of Sound
Consultants:
Arup, DEGW
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TOWER

The UTS Tower has stood at the western entry to Sydney for thirty years. It is a wide, obscure entity; the subject of countless 'solutions' as though it were some inherently damaged object. Its narrow apertures, deep floor plate and abrupt podium have done it no favours, and yet while it has its detractors, it's position as the western set-out point for Sydney's CBD lends it authority in its quarter.

It is the pin in the tail of a comet stretching north.

Soon it will be joined, immediately opposite, by a sister tower of wider girth but greater foliage, relegating it to the far lesser position of being one half of a 'gateway'. If UTS is to survive this encounter then it must consolidate its position as an optimistically urban university.

TOWERS

The UTS Tower is taken, split into four and distributed across the site. The podium space is elevated, linking the new slender towers at multiple points creating large flexible teaching spaces. The banding of the UTS tower is stretched into alternating levels of full height glazing and active electronic mesh facade housing the PhD students and their associated research areas.

A miniature city is formed at the edge of the city.

ORGANISATION

Slender towers are occupied by PhD students, academics and staff. These towers feed up and down into the large flexible floor plates of the bridges. In an abstraction and expansion of the UTS Tower, the levels of the towers alternate between open levels with full height glazing and levels behind mesh screens. Research and laboratories are within the translucent levels, with write-up areas, open plan offices, and meeting rooms on the transparent levels.

CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will be the CPU of the city, delivering and gathering data, processing it and broadcasting it. The building will not be a static object rather a conduit through which information passes, flicking switches on and off along the way; measuring, collating, observing, computing.

BROADCAST

The faculty will be a broadcast centre for UTS and the city.

The facade is an active electronic mesh with integrated LEDs that turns the faculty into a media device visible in the context of the city. This flexible facade will display rich mixed media on its surfaces, media generated by the University and the city. For example - live traffic data for Parramatta Road could be displayed, public transport capacity, daily energy consumption by the university, student films, twitter feeds, digital artworks, live space shuttle launches.

In a celebration of scholarship and the gathering of and the search for knowledge, the research being carried out by the PhD students within the building could be broadcast live on the facade of the building. The intellectual capital of UTS on display at the entry to the city.

Terroir

Team:
Scott Balmforth, Richard Blythe, Katja Lugisland, Samane Moafi, Nora Niasari, Gerard Reinmuth, Chris Rogers
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This muscular approach addresses the context on its own terms and thus claims a place for UTS at this gateway site. Both a unique marker on the journey into the city and a specific object which identifies a new presence at the UTS campus, the building via its specificity speaks of the particular expertise and opportunities of this institution. The uncanny, taut character of the building evokes a sense of wonder and in doing so alerts us to the potential for this institution if it meets the challenge of moving forward on its own terms.
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with Woodhead

Team:
TZG: Peter Tonkin, Tim Greer, Wolfgang Ripberger, Benjamin Daly, Christian Williams
Woodhead: Robert Hopton, David Holm
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A gateway building that is a container overflowing with ideas, opportunities and spaces.

Communicating the future vision of UTS, a series of seemingly disparate forms, generated by their adaptability is united by a logical environmental container, transparent to Broadway and the City.

The Vertical Forum organises a range of movement patterns, involving students, staff, researchers and community and industry partners. It is a focus for the building's circulation systems, revealing and expressing its functions and guiding the user's experience. The space is a celebration of UTS's focus on innovation, strengthening the student / staff / industry relationship in an environment of light, animation and freshness.

The building has an open, active ground level - a “vibrant place for students and staff”. Set below Broadway, it becomes a genuine shopfront for the faculty, its openness reinforcing UTS's role as a community leader. Here is the manifestation of the strategic links between the University, the community and industry. Here is a place that engenders the social interaction with peers that is recognised as a major source of insight and innovation.

The upper levels provide clear-span adaptable spaces capable of accommodating 'future teaching and learning paradigms'. The Laboratories, expressed on the transparent façade, showcase the University's – and the building's – innovative, connected positioning

The architecture is driven by sustainability and adaptability at all levels. A predominantly glazed environmental shell contains an adaptable internal organization with its supporting services, facilitating changing teaching and learning models.

Tony Caro Architecture

Team:
Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Jason Fraser, Alexander Koll, Simon Mather, Zander Ricketson, Blair Young
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"In this complex context comprising the diversity of the city itself and the technological program that the building users will pursue, there is a fundamental imperative for a robust and innovative conceptual strategy that folds together the many facets of the brief. An architectural strategy is suggested that permits a representational permeability, subtly veiled to entice its users and the general public alike to engage with the core purposes of the building."

APPRECIATION

Of particular interest in this brief was the request to express ideas based on conceptual aspirations, since spatial and functional requirements were yet to be determined. This meant careful consideration of the possible relationships between architecture, the public and the inhabitants, and the interactive influence of users on each other. The role of the new faculty expressed through an architecture of specific place/program identity and branding was also carefully considered. Further, how would these considerations be translated into an architectural dialogue that would best explore and represent these potentials.

CONTEXT

The identity of UTS is unlike its counterparts UNSW and Sydney University. In its CBD location the campus is literally woven into the fabric of the city itself. It is not a peripheral or suburban campus of traditional or historic form with defined edges and easy delineation between its identifiable parts and the context that surrounds it. UTS is an integrated piece of the city itself, and as such has the opportunity to reflect the city's dynamic complexity, energy and diversity.

CONCEPT

Interpretable Iconography

The building should represent processes of creativity, learning and invention that through interaction allow interpretation and engagement. And through the process of interaction - interpretation - understanding, empower the user with new found knowledge of its meaning. The very act of using the building may become an education in itself.

TRANSLATION

Our submission is itself a conceptual diagram of the potential building. It is designed to ‘Intrigue – Inform – Empower’ the viewer, a process inherent to the process of education itself. The panels gold leaf surface is designed to attract and intrigue the viewer into interacting with the panels, to explore them and discover the information contained, and through this process of interaction to invest in the viewer a sense of knowledge and ownership that makes the viewer’s interaction with the presentation integral to the presentation itself. The panels once open represent urban, architectural, social, and sustainability principles that would further define our approach to the design of this building. But the lingering effect will be the interactive discovery of the information hidden behind the panel’s hypnotic, shiny gold surface.

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