Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

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Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building from The Goods Line (27438092220).jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Public
Location Sydney, Australia
Address 14–28 Ultimo Road
Town or city Ultimo, New South Wales (suburb)
Construction started Mid-2012
Completed 11 November 2014
Opened 2 February 2015
Cost A$180 million
Client UTS Business School
Owner University of Technology Sydney
Technical details
Floor count 12
Floor area 16,030 m2 (172,500 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Frank Gehry
Architecture firm Gehry Partners
Structural engineer Arup
Services engineer AECOM (also the brickwork design engineer)
Other designers Daryl Jackson, Robin Dyke
Main contractor Lend Lease Group[1]
Other information
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[2]-1,300 students and 300[3]-326[2] 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."[4]

An entrance from The Goods Line – a pedestrian pathway – is located on the eastern border of the site.


The building is constructed from 320,000 custom-designed bricks

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.[1] It is estimated that 320,000 custom-designed bricks were used for its construction.[5]

Construction of the building started in late 2012.[2][3] The building structure was topped-out in December 2013.[5] The Dr Chau Chak Wing building construction was completed in November 2014 and the official opening took place on 2 February 2015.[6][7][8]


  • 2015 AIQS Innovation Project Award – winner[9]
  • 2015 Australian Timber Design Award People's Choice Award – winner[10]
  • 2015 Good Design Awards: Product Design Hardware and Building – winner[11]
  • 2015 Think Brick Awards: Horbury Hunt Commercial Award – joint winner[12]
  • 2015 Master Builders Association NSW Awards: Tertiary Buildings Construction over $100m – winner[13]
  • 2016 Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards: Woods Bagot Award for Best Public Building – finalist[14]
  • 2016 Australia Engineering Excellence Awards Bradfield Award – winner[15]
  • 2016 Australia Engineering Excellence Awards Bradfield Award – Excellence Award[15]
  • 2016 Wienerberger Brick Award – shortlist[16]

See also


  1. ^ a b Nicole Hasham (23 November 2012). "Lend Lease lands bid to build Gehry-designed 'paper bag' project". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Gehry's vision gets NSW government approval". University of Technology. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Jonathan Chancellor. "Frank Gehry's first Australian building approved for University of Technology, Sydney". Property Observer. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ Jonathan Pearlman (3 February 2015). "Frank Gehry unveils 'squashed brown paper bag' building in Sydney". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b Heath Gilmore (2 December 2013). "Frank Gehry UTS masterpiece inspires brickies on their labour of love". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  6. ^ Kumurdian, Dijana (11 November 2014). "Gehry's Chau Chak Wing building, UTS, has been completed". Vogue Australia. NewsLifeMedia. Archived from the original on 21 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Sydney finally gets its Gehry". ArchitectureAU. Architecture Media Pty Ltd. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  8. ^ Power, Julie (3 February 2014). "Frank Gehry's UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building opened: 'The most beautiful squashed brown paper bag ever seen'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Innovation Project Award". The Building Economist. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveying: 28. December 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  10. ^ "2015 Winners: People's Choice Award". timberawards.com.au. Timber Development Association. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  11. ^ Good Design Awards 2015: Brickworks Building Products- The Gehry Collection. Good Design Australia. 2015. p. 77. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  12. ^ Elizabeth McIntyre, Neale Whitaker, Sally Woodward-Hawes (Designer) (2015). Think Brick Awards 2015: Joint Winner – Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (PDF). Think Brick Australia. pp. 4, 5. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Tertiary Buildings". mbansw.asn.au. Master Builders Association of NSW. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  14. ^ "2016 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards Finalists". propertycouncilawards.com.au. Property Council of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Iconic UTS building wins prestigious engineering award". engineersaustralia.org.au. Engineers Australia. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  16. ^ "The Wienerberger Brick Award: Brick Award 2016 – The Nominees 16". clay-wienerberger.com. Wienerberger AG. Retrieved 2 June 2017.

External links

  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at UTS website
  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Building design

Coordinates: 33°52′51.87″S 151°12′4.89″E / 33.8810750°S 151.2013583°E / -33.8810750; 151.2013583

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