The new UTS building is destined to become a Sydney icon. The new sun shading façade strikes the perfect balance of beauty and function that modern icons require.
Designing a building that responds to its dense urban environment through both aesthetics and function is the type of challenge we relish at Tilt. Working closely with fjmt, our goal was to deliver a sun shading system that would live up to the design spirit of the building and turn a functional feature into something visually exceptional.
The UTS Central project presented the exciting challenge of sourcing an extensive bill of materials that best suited the design brief. To simplify the process for our client, we sourced and coordinated production to ensure delivery timed perfectly with the completion of each building level. By triggering the order process, we controlled the various lead times of individual components, ensuring each piece went into Tilt’s workshop to meet the correct build timeline.
The final design solution provides complete control of the space to allow for optimal light at any time of day.
The key to successfully delivering a project of this complexity was an exhaustive feasibility study to investigate the critical design criteria, and how we could best achieve them. To protect the aesthetic pursuit and enable mechanical feasibility, we looked into mechanical engineering, structural engineering, wind loads, electrical integration, material selection, aesthetic and functional objectives as well as budgetary expectations.
The design study provided the architect and builder a clear understanding of the path ahead. We were then engaged to manage the design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of the sun shading system.
- Embracing Technology
Tilt coordinated the design by commissioning Parametric Monkey to provide computational modelling and design-to-fabrication services. This enabled us to explore a range of possible outcomes rapidly while controlling specific parameters of the design.
By taking this unique approach to detailed design and manufacturing and embracing this evolving digital technology, we were able to manage complex geometries that would traditionally require hundreds of hours to detail.
- Iterative prototyping
Prototyping allowed for a better assessment of the design and a clear indication of the outcome that minimised risk and facilitated feedback at a 1:1 scale. The prototypes were installed on site and checked by the architect and builder, with their feedback informing the design development process. This all translated into greater certainty for both architects and builders.
- Managing complexity
Richard Crookes Constructions utilised Tilt’s shop drawings and detailed specifications to seek suppliers through a competitive tender process. Our seasoned team then coordinated over 40 different suppliers to deliver 108 louvres and thousands of other moving pieces through a carefully orchestrated process.
A series of intricate, operable sun shades that integrate seamlessly into the north-facing façade of the building and move to adjust the amount of light and heat. The combination of fixed and operable louvres provides dual functionality, controlled via an optimised algorithm based on the sun’s position throughout the day. This intuitive technology helps to regulate the sun streaming into the central Reading Room, providing greater comfort for staff and students.40
suppliers Tilt coordinated to deliver the sun shading system108
total louvres, 64 operable, 44 fixed9,000
components included in Tilt's final design for production
As architects, Tilt’s value was in the way they translated our concept into a technically-sound approach. Quality for us was paramount. We hold our design intent to a very high standard, and Tilt delivered and installed our design with an equally high level of quality. It was a very seamless process.
James Perry, Senior Associate, fjmt
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