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Light-Filled Gateway Unveiled for Sydney University of Technology

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 28, 2010 @ 6:06 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Green Roof | 4 Comments

UTS Podium Extention, Sydney, Australia, glass facade, daylighting, green roof, lacoste and stevenson [1]

Located in the heart of Sydney, UTS is an urban university that is designed to fit within its urban context while creating its own separate and unique identity as a space for students to learn. The Podium Extension acts as both a wall to the university as well as a window into the heart of the bustling activity. Inside is a flexible and dynamic space for students to meet that is capable of accommodating various programs. Also included in the building is an experimental cinema and a bookstore. At night, movies, announcements, art, and other media will be projected onto the glass facade [2].

UTS Podium Extention, Sydney, Australia, glass facade, daylighting, green roof, lacoste and stevenson [3]

Daylighting is naturally the most prominent feature of the structure — sunlight filters throughout the interior, making the space feel warm and welcoming. The glass is sealed in order to minimize noise and pollution, and a frit pattern [4] is applied to the glass above the first level and the awnings to reduce solar heat gain. Meanwhile the roof is covered in a lacy pattern of green spaces and atriums [5] that also serve as light wells and ventilation channels. These features cover about 80% of the roof and provide excellent insulation while offering an attractive view of the surrounding tall buildings.

+ Lacoste + Stevenson [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/UTS-Podium-Extension-1.jpg

[2] glass facade: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/30/amazing-light-filled-glass-studio-in-japan/

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/UTS-Podium-Extension-6.jpg

[4] frit pattern: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/07/the-khan-shatyr-worlds-largest-tent-opens-in-kazakhstan/

[5] green spaces and atriums: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/12/parking-garage-in-spain-gets-a-green-roof-makeover/

[6] + Lacoste + Stevenson: http://lacoste-stevenson.com.au/outstanding/

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