Chau Chak Wing Building
The recently revealed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, a key component of UTS’s City Campus Master Plan, will provide teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for the UTS Business School. There will be extensive public spaces, including student lounges, cafes and outdoor roof terraces.
The building will have two distinct external facades. The east facing facade that contains an entry from the UPN is made of a buff colored brick similar in color to the Sydney Sandstone. The form of this facade curves and folds like soft fabric.
A cluster of “tree houses,” or vertical stacks of office floors with spatial “cracks” in between.
The brick will be set in horizontal courses and will step or corbel to create the shape. The texture of the surface will be rough and will emphasize the mass of the material. The shape flattens as it wraps around the north and south corners. Large windows punch this facade.
Historically the great artists of our history have always been fascinated with the fold. Michaelangelo did many drawings, Leonardo Da Vinci did many drawings on that topic, and I’ve been fascinated with that topic.
The west facing facade that contains the ground level entry off Ultimo Road is composed of large shards of glass. This glass will be slightly reflective to fracture and mirror the image of the surrounding buildings of the neighborhood. Sculptural brick towers will stand at the northwest and southwest corners of this facade.
Each of the larger lower floors is divided into six floor segments. The building facade folds in between these elements bringing natural daylight deep into the center of the floors.
The ground floor of the building will have a café with seated dining that opens to additional outdoor tables on the sidewalk and proposed plaza to the north. A coffee bar with outdoor seating will animate the upper level entry off the UPN, conveniently adjacent to the student center and the large student lounge. Connected via a staircase to the student lounge will be a more secluded graduate student lounge one level above.
The teaching and learning spaces, which are accessibly located on the lower four levels of the building, are comprised of various classroom types primarily serving postgraduate students. There are 10 graduate seminar rooms of 40 seats with flat floors to allow for flexibility in seating arrangement, a 120 seat bowl classroom with desk seating and loose chairs on the first floor, 4 flat floor graduate computer labs for 40 students each, and 2 oval classrooms for 60.
The UTS City Campus Master Plan is a vision to deliver an iconic and connected campus that supports the university’s vision to become a world-leading university of technology. The Master Plan will create a series of new buildings, major upgrades and improved pedestrian connections, right in the heart of Ultimo and Haymarket.
The Master Plan is integral to UTS achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and a variety of holistic sustainability goals. As one of the new buildings proposed by the Master Plan, UTS and Gehry Partners intend to seek a 5-Star Green Star Educational Building Rating for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.