The ugly little brother of the iconic University of Technology Sydney (UTS) tower has been transformed into a glittering, curved glass building, marking the completion of the university’s 10-year transformation plan.
The University of Technology Sydney has announced that the new UTS Central hub by FJMT has opened to the public in Australia. As the final building in the 10-year campus redevelopment program, the project was made to embody the university's strategy and approach to education while redefining the southern gateway to the city's CBD. UTS Central was designed to set a new standard for contemporary education in Sydney.
The new UTC Central provides a hub for staff, students, industry and the community to create and share knowledge. UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said, “Our decade-long campus redevelopment has revolutionised teaching and learning, allowing us to deliver practice-oriented programs to prepare graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. UTS Central is the confident and contemporary embodiment of that educational evolution. It reflects not only our experimentation and innovation over the last five years, but all we’ve learned in the 30 years since UTS was founded and provides the perfect counterpoint to the renowned brutalist tower next door.”
Key features of the 17-storey UTS Central are:
- The Reading Room with three-storey atrium, overlooking Alumni Green
- The Hive Superlab, a science laboratory able to accommodate up to 270 students working together or in small groups
- The UTS Blake Library, occupying levels 7 to 9 and boasting a direct connection to the automated library retrieval system beneath Alumni Green
- New premises for the Faculty of Law, including authentic Moot Court and Sir Gerard Brennan trial courts
- Research spaces for the Faculty of Engineering and IT
- A Research Excellence and Support Hub (RES Hub)
- Customized 350-seat collaborative classrooms and a research scholars’ centre
- Food court and terrace café/restaurant.
The three customised collaborative classrooms housed in UTS Central are unique to UTS. They will support active and collaborative learning at scale, with space for up to 350 students in each of the two largest classrooms. These classrooms have been designed with no obvious ‘front’ of the room, but are instead divided – physically and with technology – into several smaller ‘zones’ for group learning. The Hive Superlab is similarly configured, with 42 pods of six students each, able to work together and solve problems as they would in a workplace.
Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education and Students) said learning at university is changing, which means the nature of the student experience is changing. “Students must master a body of knowledge, develop the skills to work in a team, communicate effectively in a variety of forms, engage in sophisticated problem-solving, and be creative and entrepreneurial,” Professor Alexander said. “The spaces in UTS Central have been designed to support active and collaborative learning activities. Inspired by research, these spaces enable our students to graduate as highly competent professionals.”
UTS Central completes the university’s original City Campus Master Plan, which also includes the aluminium-encased engineering and IT building, the Vicki Sara science building across Alumni Green and the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.
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