UTS Tower

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UTS Building 1
UTS Tower Building 201708.jpg
Alternative namesUTS Central, UTS Tower
General information
TypeUniversity administration
Architectural styleLate Twentieth Century Brutalist
Address15 Broadway, Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates33°53′01″S 151°12′03″E / 33.8837°S 151.2007°E / -33.8837; 151.2007Coordinates: 33°53′01″S 151°12′03″E / 33.8837°S 151.2007°E / -33.8837; 151.2007
Construction started1969 (1969)
Opened1979 (1979)
CostA$32 million
ClientNew South Wales Institute of Technology
OwnerUniversity of Technology Sydney
Height120 metres (390 ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectMichael Dysart
Architecture firmNSW Government Architect's Office
Renovating team
Renovating firmTonkin Zulaikha Greer (2014)
Burtenshaw Scoufis (2011–)

The UTS Building 1, also known as the UTS Tower, main centre of the many buildings that constitute the University of Technology, Sydney, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Completed in 1979 in the brutalist architectural style from a 1968 plan by Michael Dysart of the NSW Government Architect's Office, the tower is 120 metres (390 ft) tall and is used primarily for academic administration.


The building as seen from the University of Sydney

It is located south of the city's central business district, near to Central Railway station and opposite One Central Park at 15 Broadway, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Criticism of architectural style[edit]

The Tower has been described very colourfully and identified numerous times as Sydney's ugliest building, notably in The Sydney Morning Herald, and by architect Frank Gehry.[1][2][3] Journalist and author Mike Carlton described it as "a menacing concrete monolith in an architectural genre that the old East German Stasi brought to perfection".[4]

The Tower's visibility in the central business district skyline has also been described positively, as marking Sydney as a University town.[2]

Future use[edit]

One scheme for renovation suggested by Chris Bosse from Laboratory for Visionary Architecture involved covering the building with a lightweight composite mesh textile, which would be able to store rainwater, generate electricity and cool down the building.[5][6] However, such plans were not taken up by the university beyond a simple refurbishment, with one observer noting: "It may be that, for better or for worse, the Tower is finally valued as an essential part of the University’s identity."[7][8]

The UTS Campus Master Plan from 2016, involving the demolition of the 1981 Building 2 next to the tower, was to include an integrated glass facade that would 'wrap-around' the existing tower. However the final plans for the new Building 2 only included various interior fitouts and renewals for the existing tower of Building 1.[9][10]


  1. ^ Cubby, Ben (1 November 2006). "Ugly talk strikes a chord in city's heart". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Johnston, Rosemary (31 March 2008). "Deep, rich replenishment through the eye of a needle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Architect Gehry to transform Ultimo site". ABC News. Australia. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  4. ^ Carlton, Mike (24 March 2012). "Opinion". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Sydney's Ugliest Building to Become an Eco-friendly Tower". Infoniac.com. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  6. ^ Loussikian, Kylar (9 September 2015). "UTS tower: brutalist Sydney eyesore set for $200m makeover". The Australian. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  7. ^ Pickett, Charles. "The Dreaming Towers- UTS Towers". Inside the Collection. Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. ^ Schwartzkoff, Louise (30 March 2010). "Glowing cocoon is a winning idea that will never emerge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  9. ^ Cheng, Linda (20 May 2016). "UTS unveils twisted neighbour to brutalist tower". ArchitectureAU. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Projects in progress". City Campus Master Plan. University of Technology, Sydney.