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Gehry Unveils UTS Design

Frank Gehry’s plans for the $150 million Dr Chau Chak Wing building for the University of Technology Sydney have been unveiled.

Gehry Unveils UTS Design


December 16th, 2010

Frank Gehry revealed the plans for his Dr Chau Chak Wing building for the University of Technology Sydney at a media conference today, Thursday 16 December 2010.

The long-awaited Dr Chau Chak Wing building, part of the ten-year $1 billion UTS City Campus Masterplan, will be a world-class business school with a tree-house structure as its basis.

Gehry’s plan arose from the idea to create vertical stacks of office floors, resembling a tree-house with cracks in between, creating a place for focused research and cross-disciplinary interaction.


Situated on the corner of Ultimo Road and Omnibus Lane, the building will have two distinct façades.

The east-facing façade will be made of a buff-coloured brick reminiscent of Sydney sandstone, reflecting Sydney’s heritage architecture.

The brick will be set to form folds and curves like a rough textured fabric, to give it character and feeling.


The west-facing façade will feature large shards of glass to fracture and reflect the surrounding architecture.

The design seeks to incorporate and interact with its surroundings.

Natural sunlight will flood in through the large, specially positioned windows, and glass panels at street level will create a feeling of transparency and openness.


Photographs courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP

“The business school needed to open up to creative processes, and open itself up to creative thinking,” said Gehry. “The sense of creative play is a human need.”

The interior of the 11-storey building will feature a 240-seat auditorium, teaching and learning spaces on the first four floors and an open terrace on the sixth floor for collaboration and discussion.

The Dr Chau Chak Wing building is set to transform the southern area of the Sydney CBD. The design is sure to provoke some controversy.

“Anything new seems to generate questions,” said Gehry.

Construction on the Dr Chau Chak Wing building will commence in 2012 and will reach completion in 2014.

Gehry Partners, LLP

University of Technology Sydney

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