UTS building names you need to know
With more than 20 buildings making up the UTS campus, it can take some time to get to know your way around. It’s even more of a challenge because many of our more iconic buildings have a collection of names due to their history, design or other little quirks.
Here’s a handy guide to introduce you to both the 'official' titles and some of the most common nicknames for our main campus buildings. We'll have you sounding like a local in no time.
CB01 – The Tower
Our 120m tall campus centrepiece has been called The Ugliest Tower in Sydney because of its brutalist architectural design. Also, Ugliest Tower in Sydney. Get it? More creative titles include The Jenga Building and Sydney’s Middle Finger.
CB02 – UTS Central
UTS Central won't even open until the middle of 2019, but it already has some worthy nicknames. Based on the glass-encased futuristic design, it’s being called The Spaceship, The Mothership and The Giant Apple Store.
CB03 – Bon Marche
Keeping it simple, Bon Marche is often known as the FASS Building, as it’s used primarily by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Interesting fact: the building was formerly home to a department store and 'bon marche' is French for 'cheap'.
CB06 – Peter Johnson Building
Named after architect Peter Johnson, the first Chancellor of UTS, Building 6 is also known as The Design Building or DAB Building, as it’s home to the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Some people just call it The Pink One.
CB07 – Vicki Sara Building
Without a doubt, this is one of the most colourful buildings on campus. The Vicki Sara Building (named after another former Chancellor, endocrinologist Vicki Sara) has a rich spectrum of names (yes, that was a colour pun ;)). They include The Wave Building, The Cornerstone Café Building, The Building with Colourful Doors and the Science Building (not to be confused with the other Science building, Building 4).
CB08 - Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
This flagship building designed by acclaimed American architect Frank Gehry is a true Sydney icon. It’s known as the Crumpled Paper Bag or Brown Paper Bag thanks to its unique façade. Students who visit it daily tend to go with Business or Chau. But social media addicts know it as The Building With The 'Grammable Staircase.
CB10 – Building 10
Long before UTS was UTS, the Fairfax media company was based at 83 Broadway, where they pumped out printed copies of the Sydney Morning Herald. In the late 90s, the building was taken over by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) before finally becoming part of UTS in 2001. Thanks to its history, some people still lovingly refer to Building 10 as The Fairfax Building.
CB11 – Faculty of Engineering and IT Building
Another UTS landmark, Building 11 is known as the FEIT Building by some and Godzilla by others. It’s also home to Sydney’s very own Harry Potter staircase (only ours don’t move). However, thanks to its distinctive façade made from shiny aluminium sheets punctured with binary code ones and zeros, many of us just can’t go past The Cheesegrater. Mmmmm, cheese….