UTS Alumni Green by Aspect Studios
Civic Landscape: Landscape Architecture Award
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
The UTS Alumni Green is a well-executed public space project that has enlivened the heart of the University of Technology, Sydney City Campus. Prior to the design competition and construction of Alumni Green, the campus was characterized by a disparate collection of buildings with very limited opportunities for students to gather and enjoy themselves. The project has put people first, providing a welcoming environment for the campus community to work, relax and socialize in. The design has created spaces with controlled materiality and an excellent balance between hard and soft surfaces. Special attention has been paid to circulation.
The space flows into its surrounding buildings and streets, making it highly accessible. Lifting the ground plane allowed adequate soil depth for growing trees on slab and lush ground covers, with careful attention paid to the collection of stormwater for irrigation. This has given the space a soft texture and the masterstroke of the central lawn adds calm and relaxation to a busy campus.
For more coverage on UTS Alumni Green, read Scott Hawken’s essay on Sydney’s southern CBD from Landscape Architecture Australia, May 2015.