Monday, 17 November 2014

1969: The THREE UTS Towers

Lets start off the entry with a simple photo of the the main tower at the University of Technology in Broadway.

Photo taken by the Author


Many of us think there was simply the one tower that was built and that is it.

I've emphasised "three" in capitals for a reason because there were plans to have another two buildings built alongside it.

In 1969, the University of Technology (UTS) was simply known as the Institute of Technology and were set to embark on a major expansion of their Ultimo Site. During December 1969, they had announced a contract for Stage One which was the middle tower or simply the one we have today.

One of the three towers was to be built for the State Government itself to house government departments and public servants.

The current UTS Tower was the tallest of the three towers proposed for Broadway. which is the building in the middle. 

Source: Anonymous. 1969. "$17 million project: 400-ft tower on Broadway." The Daily Telegraph, December 16, 42. 

Sadly Stage One was not completed by 1973, but rather 1977.

The towers design may not be a personal favourite; in fact I think it is the worst buildings to be built in Sydney despite it being seen as innovative. In the current expansion and upgrades to UTS, you'd notice this with the recently completed Engineering Building, Science Building and soon to be opened Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

UTS Science Building
Photo taken by the Author. 

UTS Engineering Building
Photo taken by the Author.

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, designed by Frank Gehry
Source: Worssam, A. 2014. Untitled, accessed november 12  2014, http://www.vogue.com.au/vogue+living/design/gehrys+chau+chak+wing+building+uts+has+been+completed,34173

Personally, UTS will still hold the worst building in Sydney. It is merely being handed over from the main UTS Tower to Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building. To me the building reflects Sydney in a negative manner; that we don't care about what we do and how we build and organise our city. Instead of celebrating the good features of Sydney, the building is paying tribute to the negatives. However the interior of the building deserves acclaim.