Laneway to transform into buzzing student hub
Laneway culture is coming to UTS, with a long-awaited project underway to transform the laneway between Buildings 10 and 11 into a vibrant space.
Work began in mid-June on the focal point of the Penny Lane laneway – a giant, colourful mural along the wall of Building 10.
What’s in the mural? You’ll have to wait until it’s unveiled in a few weeks. We can say that the compelling artwork responds to student requests for more green space on campus and the design takes its cues from nature.
For now, here’s a small taste.
Georgia Jamieson, Design Manager/Architect with UTS’s Program Management Office, says student input has been a focus throughout the project.
“First we conducted workshops to help develop a brief, followed by ‘coffee-for-comment’ sessions in the laneway where students provided feedback on the initial designs,” she says. “What came across loud and clear was that students wanted a chill-out zone, colourful without being too eye-popping, with plenty of greenery and, of course, immediately Insta-worthy.”
What students want from the laneway ...
The space needs to be well lit to feel warm and inviting, a place where you would want to linger …
An intimate space inside for conversation, eating, drinking and exhibition.
A place students can unwind and cut loose when the sun goes down.
… more art, different seating arrangements and a way to make the space feel more open are going to be key!
The mural’s been designed by Steven Nuttall – also known as OX KING – a Sydney-based illustrator and painter who moves between the studio and the street. His art, on show from Bondi Beach to The Galeries in the Sydney CBD, is bold and distinctive.
Steven is now on site painting the mural, which is expected to be complete by late July. You can continue to use Penny Lane to walk between Jones St and Wattle St, or between Buildings 10 and 11, during the painting works, although access will be a little restricted.
Once the mural is finished, lighting, furniture, plants and AV screens will be installed, adding the final touches to what could become the campus’s favourite kick-back zone.
“Its restoration will finally ‘activate’ the laneway as an inviting space,” explains Georgia Jamieson. “Students and staff will be able to relax and enjoy the surroundings or share a drink with friends outside the Penny Lane bar. Best of all will be the sense of discovery that people get every time they take a walk down the laneway.”