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Frank Gehry completes first Australian building

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA + PLANS] Frank Gehry has completed a new £90 million building for Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS)

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which has been dubbed the ‘paper bag’ includes teaching, learning, research and office space for up to around 1,600 students and staff. It is the starchitect’s first completed building in Australia.

The 14-storey building forms part of the university’s $1 billion city campus masterplan.

Inspired by the idea of a treehouse, the 18,413m² scheme was designed as a ‘growing learning organism with many branches of thought, some robust and some ephemeral and delicate’.

It features undulating brick walls and a large glass panelled curtain wall. Around 320,000 bricks were used to create the building’s organic-shaped external walls.

Internally there is a polished stainless steel sculptural staircase and two oval-shaped classrooms formed from large laminated timber beams.

Concept model

Concept model

Project data

Location Sydney, Australia
Type of project university
Client University of Technology, Sydney
Architect Gehry and Partners
Main contractor Lend Lease
Project manager UTS Program Management Office
Services engineer Aecom
Structural engineer Arup
Start on site date November 2012
Completion date December 2014
Gross building area 18,413m²

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