Construction is now complete on the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), designed by Frank Gehry. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is significant for many reasons – and as much for what will go on inside as how it looks on the outside.
The name: The building is named for Australian-Chinese businessman and philanthropist Dr Chau Chak Wing, who donated $20 million to the project, alongside an additional $5 million for Australia-China scholarships.
The design: Gehry Partners designs from the inside-out, meaning that the design of internal spaces must be developed before design of the building’s exterior can start.
The new building will bring together under one roof staff from all five of the School’s core business discipline groups – Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing – encouraging even greater collaboration across disciplines.
Combined with the building’s world-leading facilities and technology, this will bring transformational change to the Business School’s research and teaching. UTS sought out Gehry as an architect because of his experience in the development of creative spaces, including educational facilities such as those at the Weatherhead School of Management, MIT and Princeton.
“We wanted an architect who could embody our contemporary approach to business education in the design of our new building,” the Dean of the Business School, Professor Roy Green, says.
“We wanted a building that would encourage greater interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas between disciplines, researchers, industry and practitioners.”
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is part of the University of Technology Sydney’s $1 billion City Campus Master Plan, which includes the recently opened FEIT Building, home of the Faculty of Engineering and IT.
Located in the education and creative precinct at the southern end of Sydney’s central business district, the building will be open to all students but will have a focus on postgraduate and executive education.
Construction of the building’s curved brickwork has been a technical feat. Inside, teaching, learning and ‘social’ spaces have been designed to encourage communication and collaboration. In the two architecturally striking oval classrooms, for example, the teaching focus has been moved from the front of the class to a position at the centre of the students. Source by UTS.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Architect: Gehry Partners
Project Team: Project Management Office (UTS project manager) Gehry Partners (design architect); Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke (executive architect) Lend Lease (main works contractor)
Enquiries: Brian Moore, Project
Early works contractor: AW Edwards
Services engineer: AECOM
Structural engineer, transportation and traffic: Arup
Statutory planner: RPS
Archaeological consultant: Casey & Lowe
Heritage assessment: Godden Mackay Logan
Accessibility consultant: Morris Goding Access Consulting
Wind assessment: Wind Tech Consulting
Ecologically sustainable development: AECOM
Archaeological Investigation & Excavation: Australian Museum Business Services [AMBS]
Aboriginal archaeological investigation: Dominic Steele Consulting Archaeology
Façade: 320,000 custom-made Bowral Bricks
Size: 16,030sqm, spread over 11 floors
Expected completion: October 2014
Photographs: Andrew Worssam, Jacqui Dean