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March 17, 2010

"Open the pod bay doors, Hal."

Posted by dogpossum on March 17, 2010 1:34 PM in the category | Comments (0)


I've finally managed to take some dodgy photos of the UTS tower building on my phone. They're not very good, I'm afraid. I'll need to take some more. There are more pics on my flickr page, and I'll try to get some more tonight.
This is a little film I made by accident. I'm a bit snuffly and sighy - I'm pretty snotty atm, so the sound effects are a bit gross.

The Tower building at UTS is a really good example of brutalism. Brutalism apparently refers to the use of raw concrete and materials, but the more usual connotations do seem to apply.
The building is tall and a bit of a bunker. There are fabulous views from all windows, but most of the windows in my lecture rooms are too tall for me to see out of. And too narrow for proper panoramas.

I didn't realise I was making a movie - I thought I was just taking photos. But at least you get to see the BRIGHT YELLOW hand rails, the curved corners and rounded door corners. This is all in the stair well.
The ceilings seem a little too low and the corridors a little too narrow in this building. I think it's because it was built in the 60s or 70s (I'm not sure when), and they used slightly smaller proportions for smaller people... well, that's what happened in our flat. Lower sinks and so on. But I think that this might also be a deliberate design feature in the tower building. It makes the building feel as though you're in a space ship. The bright green doors contrast strangely with the raw concrete and 'natural' colours. It's all very strange. I am particularly fond of the rounded corners on the doors.

That is one big sigh.

Posted by dogpossum on March 17, 2010 1:34 PM in the category


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