Dr Chau Chak Wing Building / Frank Gehry

East façade, view across Ultimo Pedestrian Network, model scale: 1-to-100 / Gehry Partners, LLP

The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, part of the University of Technology in , is Frank Gehry‘s first building in . More images and full press release after the break.

East elevation, model scale: 1-to-100 / Gehry Partners, LLP

Sydney’s Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building will open a new page in business education in Australia.

The world-renowned architect’s plans for the $150 million building, his only in Australia, were unveiled this morning at a media conference at the University of Technology, Sydney.

UTS has been working with Gehry Partners to design a world-class business school based on the idea of a tree-house structure. As Frank Gehry has put it, “a trunk and core of activity and… branches for people to connect and do their private work.”

The building will have two distinct external facades, one composed of undulating brick, referencing the sandstone and the dignity of Sydney’s urban brick heritage, and the other of large, angled sheets of glass to fracture and mirror the image of surrounding buildings.

Section view of west elevation, model scale: 1-to-50 / Gehry Partners, LLP

The project inspired the Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing to donate a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new building and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. It is the equal largest ever philanthropic gift by an individual for a university in Australia.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said that while the building would undoubtedly become a Sydney landmark, the key element for the University was that it was conceived from the inside out with the needs of the UTS Business School and the University at heart.

“The UTS Business School is transforming itself with an emphasis on integrative thinking – producing students with boundary crossing skills as well as specialised knowledge,” Professor Milbourne said.

West elevation, model scale: 1-to-100 / Gehry Partners, LLP

“From the start Gehry Partners has worked closely with the School’s leadership, its academics and students to develop an environment that fosters and encourages this openness and collaboration in teaching and research, and engagement with business and the community.

“This is a building for all of Sydney. There will be extensive public spaces with an external design that complements and acknowledges its place within the immediate area and within the city.

“The project is already providing benefits for students outside the Business School, with four UTS architecture students selected for internships at Gehry Partners’ studios in Los Angeles.”

View north along Ultimo Pedestrian Network, model scale: 1-to-100 / Gehry Partners, LLP

The 11-storey Dr Chau Chak Wing building will stand at the corner of Ultimo Road and Omnibus Lane on a site that once housed the Dairy Farmers Cooperative and is currently being used as a car park.

Professor Milbourne said some elements of the schematic design were still fluid and will be subject to some modification, pending community consultation and authority approval. Community and stakeholder consultation will take place from 17 December to 14 January.

Construction is due to start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 academic year.

Ground floor plan / Gehry Partners, LLP

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is part of the ten-year $1 billion UTS City Campus Masterplan, which is helping transform the southern CBD and will deliver a cutting-edge and connected campus for staff, students and the broader community.

For more information on the project, including a fact sheet, high resolution images and video clips from an interview with Frank Gehry by Jana Wendt, visit: http://www.fmu.uts.edu.au/masterplan/media/drchau/

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Dr Chau Chak Wing Building / Frank Gehry" 23 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=98271>
  • Lil Jimmy

    what a joke/rerun

  • jim

    Good to see Gehry has tries somthing different. Oh, wait…

  • dave

    Good to see Gehry has tried something different. Oh wait…

    • Pierre

      See? Even you are redundant!
      He’s much better at it than you though…

  • Simon

    This building resembles excrement left in a brown paper bag on someones doorstep. Sydney should stamp out the flames.

    The sad thing is UTS had an open competition and then were flattered by the celebrity of the ‘starchitect’

    UTS, do you think Gehry’s office cares about this building/even knows where it is? then again, obviously they don’t care about context or they wouldn’t be building the same thing all over the world…

    • Pierre

      You sound like excrement!

  • Martin

    The one trick pony strikes again

  • Chris

    Design inspired by King Cobra and the bags they came in.

    Damn, it’s not April 1st. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • pink

    It isn’t different – similar to Dusseldorf. I got the idea: celebrities not only architects just cannot stop and try to contaminate as much space as possible with their personality, it is sick; sort of addiction? If you prevent them they will start teach you :)

  • Jamesy James James

    Seems as though his buildings are becoming less creased cubic volumes, until eventually he’ll iron out all of his designs. Until everything is flat planes with 90 degree angles. At this point he might realise that he’s more of a sub par architect than starchitect, and will blow his brains out with a ridiculous deconstructivist gun that won’t do the job properly and leave him with a head like a shopping bag full of custard.


  • Bombo

    They are doing a lot of new buildings at that campus.
    See below

    I think it responds very well to it’s context, and I dont think Simon even knows the context. UTS can get whom ever they please to build whatever they choose. It’s called being a private client. Kudos to them for having the balls to look beyond the local commercial practices that have done a bunch of very boring glass box building’s for the last ten years.
    If nothing else it will prove challenge and progress the local construction industry.

    • Lawrence M

      So, I guess I was another ignoramus like Simon, unaware of the “context”. I checked the link you so generously provided, and noted the comment supplied to YouTube: “This 3D flythrough shows some of the amazing architecture that is helping transform UTS, including the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.” Yes, there are some unfortunate buildings in this scheme, but still, sorry, I cannot see how THIS fits there (or anywhere else). Fortunately, we have you as a resource to explain it to us.

      • Matt

        Umm… I Think the idea is not to fit with the context. As a former student of UTS i can assure you the current context is inherently bad.

        Also to note that this is in a massive regeneration area for sydney as we’ve move from port town to world city over the last few decade. There is a massive old brewery site just across the road from the campus that will mark the new end to the CBD. So this building must be measured in a desired future context more then current.

        The main buildings of the campus were designed politically to be inhospitable to students interacting with each other, in an era of student riots. A second wave building in the 90′s did little change this. Including a design Faculty that doesn’t even contain anything close to a studio space.

        The great thing about the new masterplan and building wave is that it seems to finally be addressing the idea that students should be talking, chatting and generally interacting with other students.

        From what I’ve seen of drawings and model this has the ability to be a very good building. Although even if it’s bad it’ll still be the best building in the area.

      • Simon

        I do actually know the campus quite well, i wouldn’t have mentioned it if i didn’t. I work fairly close by and walk through now and then.

        I think UTS are more probably more interested in the publicity the building will provide (and already has) than the quality of the Architecture.

  • Fede

    Gehry is a joker ,this is a joke

  • elaina

    enough already, ghery please stope