Lacoste + Stevenson wins UTS podium competition

July 7, 2010

VIDEO: Lacoste + Stevenson and DJRD win the competition to redesign the UTS tower podium.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has announced the winning design in its Podium Design Competition.

Lacoste + Stevenson’s design for a “light, transparent, open and welcoming” entrance to the building will give a new face to the original Brutalist tower, one of the university’s most prominent buildings. The architects say this transparent glass volume will reveal the activity inside the building and open up the tower, reconnecting the building to the surrounding precinct.


Lacoste + Stevenson describe the design’s curvaceous facade as “playful and contemporary,” which will create a new focal point and gateway for the city campus.

“In contrast to the Brutalist architecture of the Tower, the new podium intervenes as an undulating semi-transparent building wrapping the podium of Buildings 1 and 2. It appears soft and almost pliable like a curtain; its smooth surface blowing inward dramatically to mark the entrance. The entrance draws in the life of the city.”

The design team consisted of Lacoste + Stevenson, Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke and Six Degrees. The team’s winning design beat competition from four other teams: DesignInc, Hames Sharley, Johnson Pilton Walker and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.

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