UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (CB08), Sydney

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Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is a Business School building of the University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and the first building in Australia designed by Canadian American architect Frank Gehry.
The tower is named after Dr. Chau Chak Wing, a Chinese Australian businessman and philanthropist who donated $20 million for the building's construction. The 12-storey tower provides teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for 1,256-1,300 students and 300-326 academic staff. The building's design is based on the idea of a tree-house structure.
The building's façade, which was made of 320,000 custom designed bricks, is described as the "squashed brown paper bag". Frank Gehry said, "Maybe it's a brown paper bag, but it's flexible on the inside, there's a lot of room for changes or movement."
An entrance from The Goods Line - a pedestrian pathway - is located on the eastern border of the site.
Early works on site and archaeological excavation were carried out from late 2011 until early 2012. The building was constructed by Lend Lease Group which was appointed in November 2012. It is estimated that 320,000 custom-designed bricks were used for its construction.
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  • After seeing a documentary on this first Frank Gehry creation in Australia a few years ago, I’ve wanted to see it. It’s an amazing building and as one would expect, very quirky. We walked in and...  more »
  • Different from Bilbao and other Gehry buildings I have seen but that’s what makes them interesting. All unique but at the same time, all distinctive, you’d certainly say it was a Gehry design, but it....  more »

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