University of Technology Constructed Paper Bag Building


The University of Technology is looking for the reception and inauguration for the new Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building.

Construction of the building has now completed ahead of its official launch in February next year. However, the media personnel are invited to inspect the building.

The building's rolling brick frontage, punctuated by expanded rectangular windows, was made with 320,000 custom, hand laid bricks from Bowral.

While a bricklayer might usually lay up to 600 bricks a day, one brick work on the project told the ABC the unique façade slowed progress down to as few as 70 bricks a day. Construction took four years.

Professor Shirley Alexander, deputy vice-chancellor, Education and Students, at UTS, said the building reflected Australia's future.

The property Observer, popular news media of Australia, has published that, Professor Shirley Alexander, deputy vice-chancellor, Education and Students, at UTS, said the building reflected Australia's future.

“Australia can no longer compete on the cost of labour; we have to compete on the quality of labour and that's what these buildings are all about, quoted Alexander in The property Observer.

The interiors, designed before the building's characteristic wrinkled and crumpled external look, comprise a number learning, work and social spaces, including a café. The lower floors are divided into six areas, with the folding front elevation designed to permit the maximum amount of natural sunlight to penetrate the interiors.

Rather than typical extensive lecture theatres, the business school building comprises smaller mutual workspaces, conference rooms and lounges as online learning shrinks class sizes.

Spread over 11 floors, the new building has 16,030 square metres of internal floor space. It cost a total of $180 million dollars, $20 million of which was donated by Chinese-Australian businessperson Dr Chau Chak Wing, who also contributed $5 million in scholarships to UTS.

The possessions developer is no stranger to donations, being one of Australia's biggest political donors. He has contributed over $2 million to various Australian political parties, and has entertained John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Bob Hawke and Wayne Swan at his estate in China. Chau is the owner of Kingold Group, a Chinese property developer with 6,000 employees. His son Eric studied architecture at UTS.

University of Technology Constructed Paper Bag Building