Alumni give thumbs up to UTS’s Frank Gehry creation

3 March 2015

Is it a bird’s nest? A treehouse? Or a giant Jenga set? Hear the appraisals of fellow alumni as they were among the first to see inside Australia’s first Frank Gehry building, the new home of the UTS Business School.

UTS welcomed more than 10,000 alumni and members of the public who were among the very first to see inside the much anticipated Dr Chau Chak Wing Building – as the doors of the new home of the UTS Business School were opened to the public on February 7 and 8.

Students, past and present, shared their impressions of the eye-catching new building – dubbed by some as the “paper bag building” for its uniquely sculptured exterior and undulating brickwork – and while the glass and brick of the 14-story, 5-Star Green building certainly grabbed attention, it was the building’s innovative interior learning and collaboration spaces that really captured the imagination.

“I think of it more as a bird’s nest; my colleagues think of it as a Jenga set – but either way I think it’s pretty cool,” was the opinion of Iain, who attended the UTS tour, on the design of the school’s two high-tech, collaborative oval classrooms, constructed from 150 giant timber beams.

 “This building makes you feel like anything is possible,” said another open day attendee.

“It’s an excellent piece of architecture. I think from today onwards I’m dreaming of one of my kids, or maybe grandkids coming to study at UTS,” said Nitya, an UTS Business alumna.

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The UTS Business School open weekend followed the official opening celebrations, attended by the world renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, as well as UTS benefactor Chinese-Australia businessman Dr Chau Chak Wing, whose generous donation helped make the dreams of a creating world-leading learning environment a reality.

With the start of the first semester of 2015 now underway, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is now home to more than 1,600 students and staff of the UTS Business School.

See what everyone’s talking about with this insider’s view of Sydney’s latest architectural landmark: