World-renowned Architect Frank Gehry unveiled his vision for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at two events hosted by UTS in December.
But what does the UTS community make of it? We get your thoughts on the design.
Student, Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
“It’s typically Gehry this building and it will be a great contrast to the other buildings on campus. I think it will give people something to think about as they drive past – it’s challenging but then I guess you don’t ask someone like Frank Gehry to design a building if you don’t want challenging. To me the west elevation is much nicer than the east, it does look a bit like a brown paper bag. Not many people will think of the business faculty when they look at the building. It’s a shame the designs were unveiled when students weren’t around.”
Student, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT)
“It’s not a pretty building but it is unique. I like it – at least it is something different to the Tower, which I think is ugly. I wonder though if it’s too ‘out there’ – will it blend in with the rest of the campus? When I look at the building I think of Architecture students using it, not Business students. They’re very lucky to be getting this new building!”
Course Information Manager
Academic Programs Office, IML
“I really like the idea of the building - the tree house structure - and the fact that it’s designed from the inside out so it’s actually designed for the occupants and the purpose. I love the break-out areas and the natural light coming in which I think will encourage use of the building. Sustainability features like timed air con and lighting being used is fantastic. It’s an amazing coup for UTS to have the only Gehry-designed building in Australia. There’s no doubt it will be iconic, a real landmark building.”
Central Services Officer
Facilities Management Operations
“It’s different isn’t it? I think its two main purposes will be a tourist attraction and it will really raise awareness internationally for UTS. I do like it because I like things that dare to be different and this is definitely daring. This building will really stand out from the rest of the campus. I can see it catching the eye of the passer-by and it will also give a focus for the rest of the campus, so it’s a win, win for UTS.”