Exterior photograph of the new UTS Central building with the UTS tower visible behind it.

UTS Central, exterior. Photo (c) Andy Roberts

UTS Central: Behind the scenes

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November

Ultimo

Built

2019

Architect

fjmt studio

Additional architects

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UTS Central is a built manifestation of the innovative and creative thinking that characterises UTS. Sitting beside the Brutalist UTS Tower, it brings a complementary, contemporary edge to the campus.

3600 glass pieces form its elegantly curvaceous facade, creating a sense of transparency that connects building users with the surrounding precinct, while the twisting form of its upper levels suggests the reach for higher knowledge. An intertwining double helix staircase made from Australian steel and curved glass is visible inside and out, a reminder of science and technology’s transformative power.

Tour experience

Hosted by UTS and building architects fjmt, the tour will offer an insight into spaces in the building that foster first-class collaborative architecture, design and technology.

Visitors will view key spaces within the building, including some that are not yet open to the public. The Reading Room, inspired by traditional scholarly spaces, will be a key stop on the tour. The space features a triple-height atrium opening to a large skylight and an uninterrupted glass facade overlooking the UTS Alumni Green. Visitors will gain access to cutting-edge collaborative theatres that feature a world-first design to support active and collaborative learning at scale. They will also visit the Hive Superlab, a high-tech teaching lab that accommodates up to 270 students across seven individual classes. Beautiful views across Sydney’s CBD and inner suburbs will be showcased from the wintergardens and landscaped terraces.

The tour will include discussion on the building’s sustainability features and smart building technologies, including the purpose-designed sunshades along the northern facade that respond to the angle of the sun across the year to regulate internal conditions.

Presenters

James Perry

James Perry is the Project Architect for UTS Central and has had a lead role in the design and delivery since its inception. James brings behind-the-scenes insights from the almost five-year project. He is a Senior Associate at fjmt.

Daniel Karamaneas

Daniel Karamaneas has played an integral role over the five-year life of the project in the building services design development, as well as general coordination and implementation during construction. He is a Senior Architect at fjmt.

Dane Sinclair

Dane Sinclair is the Senior Project Manager coordinating the delivery of the building for UTS. Dane brings his extensive knowledge of educational design to give insight into how innovative spaces within UTS Central support best practice in learning and teaching.

  • UTS Central, UTS Reading Room.
  • UTS Central, exterior.
  • UTS Central, double helix staircase.

Key information


Session duration

60 mins


Capacity

This tour has a capacity of 20 people per session.


Visitor requirements

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour to sign in.

The tour involves a significant amount of walking through the building so please wear comfortable shoes.

Water filling stations and bubblers are available throughout the building.


Need
to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available

  • Food & drink available

  • Accessible