Gehry in Sydney Book

New Gehry in Sydney Book, UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, NSW Design, Architect, Australia

Gehry in Sydney Book

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building: UTS Business School – design by Gehry Partners LLP

26 + 24 Nov 2015

New Frank Gehry in Sydney Book

New book: ‘Gehry in Sydney’

Book release: ‘Gehry in Sydney’

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Gehry in Sydney Book

A new “fly on the wall” book traces the trajectory of architect Frank Gehry’s first Australian project, from concept to completion.

Gehry in Sydney: The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, is edited by Dr Liisa Naar and Professor Stewart Clegg of UTS Business School, which moved into the building in Ultimo, on the southern edge of the Sydney CBD, a year ago.

Detail of north and west façades from level 8 up:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Photography: Coptercam

Dr Naar, a designer and a UTS Chancellor’s postdoctoral research fellow, spent hundreds of hours as a “fly on the wall” over the three years it took for the building building to move from concept to completion.

“My particular interest is in the social construction of architecture. That is, in the practices around how architect and client relationships evolve and how innovative architects works with clients to convince them to take up their innovative design ideas,” Dr Naar says of the research project.

Mary Ann Street entry at night:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Photography: Michael Nicholson

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is certainly innovative, with its ‘skin’ of hand-laid, undulating brickwork tied to a steel substrate that determines its shape.

Dr Naar describes the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which she now works in, as having “a sense of humour and a very human scale”.

One thing that struck her about the project was the sense of “ownership” among the contractors on site, especially the bricklayers. “It was quite extraordinary,” she says. “They faced a really challenging task in creating the brick skin. Those who rose to the challenge embraced it and were changed by it.”

At the Goods Line entry on level 3 the brick façade wraps and folds into the internal spaces. View looking north:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Photography: Michael Nicholson

The brickwork was constructed by Favetti Bricklaying. Achieving its fluid appearance was a technical feat that involved corbelling (stepping) individual bricks to articulate the building’s organic shape. The bricks – around 320,000 in total – were custom made for the building and laid by hand.

The project team also included executive architects Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke and construction company Lend Lease.

Professor Clegg, a leading international researcher in management, with an interest in large, complex projects and the built environment, was intrigued by Gehry’s attachment to physical models. Gehry Partners’ prolific production of physical models is considered atypical for architects in these days of 3D computer-aided design.

As the building steps in the external terraces provide dramatic views of the complex façade where the brickwork peels away allowing more light into the building:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Photography: Michael Nicholson

“While virtual technologies are significant in Gehry’s repertoire, physical models remain central to his design practice,” Prof Clegg says. “The models form a common boundary between different worlds – the world of architectural practice and the client’s world – bridging them.

“Models do much more than just represent the potential building,” Prof Clegg adds. “In many ways their representational role is less significant than their role in facilitating strategic and interesting conversations.”

At more extreme points of the façade, the steel channels that the brick ties are designed to slot into become more concentrated in number:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Photography: Martin Van der Wal

Gehry in Sydney is richly illustrated with photos, sketches and plans and includes interviews with Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners design team members Craig Webb and Brad Winkeljohn. It also includes “tales from the field” from the people and firms in Sydney that made the project possible.

It is published by Images Publishing and available from www.imagespublishing.com (RRP $US75).

Gehry’s Tree house in Sydney

Gehry’s Tree house in Sydney

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney

Design: Gehry Partners LLP with architect Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke (Australia)

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building:
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Lend Lease, one of Australia’s largest contractors, has been appointed by UTS to build the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building aka ‘Gehry’s Tree house’.

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building UTS Business School Sydney UTS Building Sydney
image : Gehry Partners, LLP

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building UTS Business School Sydney UTS Building Sydney
image : Gehry Partners, LLP

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building UTS Business School Sydney UTS Building Sydney
image : Gehry Partners, LLP

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building UTS Business School Sydney UTS Building Sydney
image : Gehry Partners, LLP

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