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’
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.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney
Design: Gehry Partners LLP with architect Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke (Australia)
The 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 images / information from UTS
Frank Gehry architect
Location:UTS, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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image : LAVA
UTS Building Sydney
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University Technology Sydney
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photograph : John Marmaras
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photograph © Brett Boardman
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Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
image : John Gollings courtesy by FJMT
Surry Hills Library
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