|Dr Chau Chak Wing Building|
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
|Address||14–28 Ultimo Road|
|Town or city||Ultimo, New South Wales (suburb)|
|Completed||11 November 2014|
|Opened||2 February 2015|
|Client||UTS Business School|
|Owner||University of Technology Sydney|
|Floor area||16,030 m2 (172,500 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Gehry Partners|
|Services engineer||AECOM (also the brickwork design engineer)|
|Other designers||Daryl Jackson, Robin Dyke|
|Main contractor||Lend Lease Group|
|Seating type||Seminar rooms and classrooms|
|Parking||177 bicycles and 20 cars|
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 13-storey tower (12 level of office space & open areas, 1 level of maintenance) 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.
Construction of the building started in late 2012. The building structure was topped-out in December 2013. The Dr Chau Chak Wing building construction was completed in November 2014 and the official opening took place on 2 February 2015.
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