Date Added: 07/10/2010
Angled, semi-transparent “binary screens” envelope the winning proposal for the Broadway Building Design Competition [opens an external site] by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The screens provide the building with a dramatic urban presence. They are made of aluminium sheets perforated with binary code, the series of “1s” and “0s” that underpins computer programming language. The building is also known as the Information Technology and Engineering (ITE) Building.
Reflecting the final tenant of the building, the binary code reads ‘University of Technology, Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.’
The architect’s design concept positions the new building as a single, sculptural object in the city. “Gills” creased into the aluminium plates of the binary screen punctuate the façade and symbolically reinforce the building as a living, breathing structure. A crevasse-like pedestrian atrium runs through the heart of the building, both horizontally and vertically. It will connect the local neighbourhood to the UTS education precinct.
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- Internal planning creates strong visual connections through the atrium space and fosters inter-collegial interaction and collaboration
- Vertical planning places most public functions at ground floor level and most private at upper levels
- Academic and research students clustered around interactive and break-out spaces along internal circulation routes
- Internal spaces defined by access to daylight and fresh air
- Building will accommodate some 500 staff and 4,300 students
- Targeting minimum 5-Star Green Star Rating
- Energy saving strategy is to deliver a 30% - 45% energy saving over benchmark tertiary educational buildings with similar functional spaces.
- 45% shading co-efficient of the external ‘binary code’ screen estimated to bring about a 10-15% operational energy saving.
- Other key components include:
- 450m² solar array which collects water and provides filtered daylight to atrium
- under floor air distribution system
- low energy lighting
- double-glazed facade with night-purge opening panels
- 27,000sqm useable floor area, 14 levels
- Construction value
- $170 million
- Key dates
- Design Competition winner announced: July 2009 [opens an external site]
- Construction estimated: mid-2010 to end 2012
- Design procurement
- Design Excellence Competition [opens an external site]
- Project team
- UTS Project Manager: Campus Development, Planning and Design Review Branch, Facilities Management Unit
- Architect: Denton Corker Marshall
For more information contact the project manager: Gregory Graham , p: 9514 4687, email: [email protected].
More information about the competition for the design of this project can be found at the Design Competition Website [opens an external site].