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Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (image courtesy of Gehry Partners).


23 04 2012

Work on the first Australian building designed by North American architect Frank Gehry is due to start within months after the Department of Planning approved his 12-storey structure designed for the University of Technology, Sydney.

Excavation of the Ultimo site near the ABC is already under way and construction of the tower for nearly 1300 students and more than 300 academic staff is due to begin by May with a tentative completion date set for early 2014.

That is provided the university and its builder can work out how to lay bricks in keeping with the design of wildly unconventional angles that typify many of the architect's buildings.

(Article courtesy of Matthew Moore- SMH)

17 08 2011

Another recently awarded project involves the provision of a 20 bed Non-acute Adult Mental Health Unit at the Shoalhaven Hospital. The unit / service needs to provide for a mixed in-patient gender and acuity, with shared support and separate living and outdoor spaces.

The inpatient facility will ensure a range of age groups and persons at different stages of care need can be safely and appropriately accommodated at any one time, close to home, with access to specialist treatment, rehabilitation, recovery-oriented, and community mental health services

27 07 2011

Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke has recently won the project to design the new Kurri Kurri – 14-bed Sub Acute Service ($10m) for the Hunter New England Area Health Service

The development of a new 14-bed sub acute / rehabilitation facility will enable patients from the Maitland / Cessnock / Kurri Kurri areas to obtain their sub acute / rehabilitation care within their local area. This will also support carers (who are often older spouses) / family members / friends to maintain regular contact with their family members / friends during their hospital stay, thus maintaining social and community contacts.

The new facilities will be located on land located within the grounds of Kurri Kurri hospital and will provide specialised rehabilitation and aged care services.

01 10 2010

Sydney's Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building will open a new page in business education in Australia. The world-renowned architect's plans for the $150 million building, his only in Australia, were unveiled this morning at a media conference at the University of Technology, Sydney.

UTS has been working with Gehry Partners to design a world-class business school based on the idea ofa tree-house structure. As Frank Gehry has put it, "a trunk and core of activity and... branches for people to connect and do their private work.

"The building will have two distinct external facades, one composed of undulating brick, referencing the sandstone and the dignity of Sydney’s urban brick heritage, and the other of large, angled sheets of glass to fracture and mirror the image of surrounding buildings.

The project inspired the Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing to donate a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new building and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships.

Construction is due to start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 academic year. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is part of the ten-year $1 billion UTS City Campus Masterplan, which is helping transform the southern CBD and will deliver a cutting-edge and connected campus for staff, students and the broader community.

Courtesy of UTS: Media Office
Images courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP