Gehry Partners - Design Architect / Daryl Jackson; Robin Dyke - Executive Architects
Bowral Bricks - Limousin Gold
The use of brick as the façade material for the UTS Business School exemplifies the architectural innovation which characterises this highly sophisticated building. Gehry Partners, and executive architects Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke, embraced the design opportunity to incorporate this traditional construction material in a unique and expressive manner that has enabled the university to realise its vision of an architectural landmark for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building that symbolises and facilitates UTS’s innovative approach to education. The undulating design surfaces were achieved by the use of handmade physical design models followed by significant BIM modelling. The challenge to the project was translating this geometry into reality which was achieved through prototyping and testing with considerable collaboration between the project team and Favetti Bricklaying, Sharvain Projects, Bowral Bricks, Arup Facades, Lend Lease and brickwork engineers AECOM. The façade incorporates approximately 320,000 Bowral dry-pressed Limousin Gold custom brick shapes arranged in a hand-laid, corbelled, one third running bond with a constant offset from the façade substrate structure. The effect of sunlight on the facetted brickwork provides a constantly changing and fluid appearance that represents a physical manifestation of the ground-breaking thinking that underpins the teaching, learning and research undertaken by UTS.).