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UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building


Gehry Partners and Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke






Millennium Amorphic


total project value is $150 million


In the architect's words

Frank Gehry imagined a building that was a cluster of “tree houses,” or vertical stacks of office floors with spatial “cracks” in between.

"Each of the larger lower floors is divided into six floor segments. The building façade folds in between these elements bringing natural daylight deep into the center of the floors."

"The façade of the building will have two aspects and two different personalities. The east facing façade that contains an entry from the UPN is made of a buff colored brick similar in color to the Sydney Sandstone. The form of this façade curves and folds like soft fabric. The brick will be set in horizontal courses and will step or corbel to create the shape. The texture of the surface will be rough and will emphasize the mass of the material. The shape flattens as it wraps around the north and south corners. Large windows punch this façade."

"The west facing façade that contains the ground level entry off Ultimo Road is composed of large shards of glass façade. This glass will be slightly reflective to fracture and mirror the image of the surrounding buildings of the neighborhood. Sculptural brick towers will stand at the northwest and southwest corners of this façade."

"The ground floor of the building will have a café with seated dining that opens to additional outdoor tables on the sidewalk and proposed plaza to the north. A coffee bar with outdoor seating will animate the upper level entry off the UPN, conveniently adjacent to the student center and the large student lounge. Connected via a staircase to the student lounge will be a more secluded graduate student lounge one level above."

"The teaching and learning spaces, which are accessibly located on the lower four levels of the building, are comprised of various classroom types primarily serving postgraduate students. There are 10 graduate seminar rooms of 40 seats with flat floors to allow for flexibility in seating arrangement, a 120-seat bowl classroom with desk seating and loose chairs on the first floor, four flat floor graduate computer labs for 40 students each, and two oval classrooms for 60."

Project data

Size: 16,030sqm, spread over 11 floors
Expected completion: September 2014
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 Manager (ext 4688, email:

Additional project team members: AW Edwards (early works contractor); AECOM (services engineer); Arup (structural engineer, transportation and traffic); RPS (statutory planner); Casey & Lower (archaelogical consultant); Godden Mackay Logan (heritage assesssment); Morris Godding Accessibility (accessibility consultant); Wind Tech Consulting (wind assessment); AECOM (ecologically sustainable development)

Construction images, April 2014:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Brick tile fastening system on curved façade.
View of the internal columns and curved façade ready for brick tiles. Given the premium on internal space due to the irregular facade.
The two guys spoke about how BIM made it possible for the design of the ‘The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building’ to be built. Without this type of technology no way in the world would it be possible because of the strange shapes, the brickwork and rounded floors.

The brickwork for this building was well thought out because of its irregular shape and size. There are 5 types of modified bricks made especially for the ‘The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building’. Each brick is made for a purpose and there is a special type of brick called the ‘K brick’, it is designed so one part of the brick sticks out of the surface while the other part is glued in the walls. Without the ‘k brick’, the building would not achieve its surreal exterior.
  Construction images, June 2013:
  Architectural concept models:
  Gehry at UTS- the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
16 Dec

The building is named for Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing who donated a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new Business School designed by Frank Gehry, and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. It is the first Australian building by Gehry Partners.

About the building

A key component of UTS’s City Campus Master Plan, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will provide teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for the UTS Business School. There will be extensive public spaces in the new building, including student lounges, cafes and outdoor roof terraces. The total project value is $150 million. The building will provide 16,030 sqm of space, spread over 11 floors. The UTS vision The University of Technology, Sydney has a singular vision, expressed in our strategic plan – to be a world-leading university of technology. To achieve this, our leadership in learning and teaching must be coupled with international renown in research, and a world-class infrastructure that supports our vibrant intellectual environment.

The achievement of our vision relies on attracting high quality students, academics, researchers and administrators; people who are passionate about knowledge, learning, discovery and creativity. Gehry Partners, LLP Gehry Partners, LLP is a full service firm with broad international experience in academic, commercial, museum, performance, and residential projects.

Frank Gehry established his practice in Los Angeles, California in 1962. The Gehry partnership, Gehry Partners, LLP, was formed in 2001 and currently supports a staff of over 120 people. Frank Gehry is among the world’s best-known architects. His milestone projects include the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall. Every project undertaken by Gehry Partners is designed personally and directly by Frank Gehry.

Philanthropy Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing has donated a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new Business School designed by Frank Gehry, and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. The gift makes Dr Chau one of the leading philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region. In recognition of the gift – the largest ever made to an Australian university – UTS Council determined to name the new Gehry-designed Business School building the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.

Design & construction timeframe Construction will start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 Academic year. In January 2011, UTS will undertake community and stakeholder consultation on the new design. This consultation forms part of the “Part 3A” submission that UTS will make to the NSW Department of Planning for approval of the design.

Economic and tourism benefits The Dr Chau Chak Wing building is the centrepiece of the $1 billion City Campus Master Plan which is expected to generate an estimated $3.2 billion in NSW economic activity. 1,700 jobs are expected to be generated each year over the 10-year construction period. The Chau building is estimated to attract 24,000 interstate visitors and 2,000 international visitors each year, adding $36 million to the tourism industry through spending by business event visitors annually.

Source: Independent modelling by Urbis.

Local team A local consultant team – comprising Australian architects Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke, engineers and other specialist disciplines – has been appointed to work alongside Gehry Partners. For the full project team listing visit the project page. Sustainability The Master Plan is integral to UTS achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and a variety of holistic sustainability goals. As one of the new buildings proposed by the Master Plan, UTS and Gehry Partners intend to seek a 5-Star Green Star Educational Building Rating for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.