Last month we asked UTS students to help us show the brutiful side to the UTS Tower – a brutalist icon that some people love and some people love to hate.
We were blown away by the quality of the photos entered. After careful review, our judging panel selected three images that each gave a unique perspective and presented the Tower in all its glory. A fourth photo took out the People’s Choice award with the most likes on Instagram.
Here are the winning images (click through to see them on Instagram):
This image is the ultimate in a trio of shots that zoom in on the top of the Tower. Check out @clydedied on Instagram and you’ll see this is his speciality – using his feed to give a dynamic three-pronged perspective from each location he shoots. In this image, the black and white tones and harsh shadowing create a stark, retro feel that compliments the brutalist vibe of the building. And we love how the UTS branding just pops.
As the new UTS Central building has sprung up, it’s been incredible to see how photographers like Abdu capture it against the brutalism of the Tower. In this photo, with UTS Central’s glass panes reflecting the sky, the Tower is the clear hero. We especially love the complementing colours and, for us, this is a photo we’ll look back on in many years’ time to show the evolution of the Tower and its surroundings.
This photo is a great tribute to a small architectural detail of our iconic brutalist Tower. We particularly liked that this photo isn’t instantly recognisable as the Tower and is a reflection of the user’s experience. The choice of black and white really shows off the concrete as a handsome material and this is a stunning example of one of the brutalist design features of the Tower, which are often misunderstood.
What’s more iconic than a graduation pic under the Tower? This one is a standout because of the perspective. Taken from the back of the building, on Alumni Green, it shows off the decorative architectural features on the windows outside the Great Hall, as well as the formidable presence of the Tower. The dapper blue suit paired with the blue sky is also a great touch.