ASPECT Studios - Sacha Coles
Richard Crookes Constructions
Regal Innovations / Sam the Paving Man
Simon Wood / FLORIAN GROEHN / ASPECT Studios (please see each filename - photography credit indicated in the filename)
When designing the paving for the Alumni Green, we looked to mathematics and technology for inspiration, areas of study for which UTS is famous. A pentagonal tessellation was used due to the complex and playful patterns it creates. The pattern used is beautiful in its floral-like flourishes and regular in its repetition.
In developing the paver, The landscape architect worked with Pebblecrete, a Sydney paving manufacturer, to refine the construction methodology and develop the colour palette. The paver had to be both large enough to suit the scale of the space, and small enough that it could be relatively easily laid in place by hand. The regularity of the colour distribution reinforces the mathematical nature of the pattern, whilst colour variation highlights the unique form. Pebblecrete also created a rectangular format paver that was used in other areas of the site, the colour continuing into the pentagonal pattern. During construction, the architect worked on site with Sam the Paving Man to help determine the pattern of the colour distribution, which helped create such a rich ground surface.