"a building with a sensitive, human-scale character responds to the vibrancy of campus life"
Professor Ross Milbourne, Vice-Chancellor, UTS, Australian Design Review

UTS Thomas Street Building- BVN in association with Durbach Block Jaggers

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BVN in association with Durbach Block Jaggers
University of Technology Sydney
University of Technology Sydney Building 10, Jones Street, Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia
June 2011 - August 2014
Full Architectural Services

14,858m² GFA


The UTS Thomas Street building is a purpose-built facility connected to the existing science building at the University of Technology Sydney’s Broadway campus. The building is a key element of the University’s $1 billion City Campus 2020 Masterplan, also developed by BVN, and was the winning competition design.

The Thomas Street building creates an environment that is conducive to academic pursuit and excellence whilst contributing to the social infrastructure of campus. Housing the UTS Faculty of Science, which comprises the graduate school of health, school of environment, chemistry and maths, it provides specialist facilities for science teaching and research, including wet and dry labs, as well as general teaching spaces. Clean rooms, nanoscience laboratories, open rooftops for environmental research, consulting rooms, MRI and CT scanner, and a 210 seat undergraduate ‘super-lab’ are some of the facilities. Social spaces include a new café at ground level as well as breakout and meeting rooms, and pedestrian connections to Thomas Street and the new Alumni Green. The building is five storeys above ground and three stories below ground with a roof garden providing open space for informal teaching, research and collaboration.

The undulating façade takes inspiration from organic tree formations. Its soft and fluid form provides a distinctive backdrop to Alumni Green.


City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize, Australian Institute of Architects Awards (NSW Chapter)
William E Kemp award for Educational Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects Awards (NSW Chapter)

Brief Elements

  • Physics, Graduate School of health and School of the Environment PC2 Research laboratories
  • 210 person ‘Superlab’ for undergraduate teaching
  • Dry Research spaces
  • Clinical Trials consulting rooms
  • Pharmacy problem based learning teaching spaces
  • Physiotherapy and Chinese Medicine Teaching spaces
  • Clean Suite
  • NanoScience Laboratories (Vacuum and laser)
  • Forensic Simulation Suite
  • Dean’s Office and Directorate
  • MRI and CT Scanner Suite


  • Flexible planning approach that supports a range of wet and dry research and teaching and enables connection to neighbouring science building
  • Animated façade through undulating design inspired by organic tree formations
  • Roof garden provides informal meeting and reflection space
  • Building scaled to ensure solar access to Alumni Green through winter 210 person Superlab to allow up to 12 classes to run concurrently


Richard Crookes Construction
Main Contractor
Fire Engineering
Stensen Varming
Mechanical, Electrical, ICT
Surface Design