• Skin Fractures

    The Brutalist UTS Tower in Sydney has unofficially been nicknamed ‘Sydney’s ugliest building’. The project involved ‘Re-skinning’ the tower to give it a new life. Instead of simply recladding and hiding the existing structure we decided to respect and enhance the identity of the brutalist tower; subtract to add value. From solar studies, mappings of public/private spaces and permeability studies of the building a systematic network of fractures were formed. The new fractured areas of the building create a new network of multidimensional public spaces and provide a new variety of spatial experiences that combats the current monotonous conditions within the tower. The fractured areas also allow for better daylight distribution and also provide a new buffer zone for greater thermal performance. [2011]