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 a lot of the buildings have a collection of different names.
While each building has its ‘official’ title, because of history, design or other little quirks many of our most iconic structures are known by their own distinct nicknames.
Here’s a handy guide that will introduce you to some of the most common alternatives and help you breeze your way around campus.
CB01 – The Tower
Our 120m tall campus centrepiece has been called The Ugliest Tower in Sydney because of its brutalist architectural design. More creative titles include The Jenga Building and Sydney’s Middle Finger.
CB02 – UTS Central
UTS Central is still just a construction site, rising from the ashes of the old Building 2. But, that hasn’t stopped the nicknames from flowing. Based on the design, it’s already being called The Spaceship, The Mothership and The Mad Hatter’s Hat.
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.
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.
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.
CB08 - Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
This flagship Frank Gehry-designed building 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 often 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, a little media company called Fairfax was based at 83 Broadway, where they pumped out printed copies of the Sydney Morning Herald. At least they did until the late 90s when the building was taken over by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) then by UTS in 2001. Thanks to that 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….