University of Technology Sydney to receive Australia's first Gehry-designed structure
Ever at the height of controversy, 81 year old architect Frank Gehry is to put his irrefutable stamp on Australia with a $150m business school for the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As part of the University’s $1bn renovation plans, the new facility will be officially named after Australian-Chinese businessman and donator of $20m, Dr. Chau Chak Wing.
The concept design is undeniably a ‘Gehry’, with its crumpled facades folding in luxurious sand-hued swathes, punctuated with jarringly crisp windows. Already nicknamed ‘The Treehouse’, the architect describes his most recent work as 'a trunk and core of activity and... branches for people to connect and do their private work'.
Gehry has lectured at UTS in the past and has since returned to leave a much more permanent reminder. Four masters’ students from the University have also been offered the opportunity to undertake two-month paid internships at the Gehry Partners base in Los Angeles.
Construction is due to start in 2012 with completion set for 2014.