In February 2015 Australia’s first Frank Gehry designed building was opened by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
The $180 Million Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) features many of the famous architect’s signature curves and unique features.
UTS sought out Frank Gehry as architect because of his experience in the design of creative spaces, including museums and educational facilities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Princeton University.
Gehry Partners developed the designs from 2009 in their California studios. The design that emerged is striking not only on the outside but also, more importantly, on the inside.
“Thinking of it as a tree house came tipping out of my head…. A growing, learning organism with many branches of thought” – Frank Gehry.
In the learning spaces of the lower levels of the building two “log cabin” style oval classrooms allow students to interact with each other across the room and their tutor at the centre or side, rather than having a front facing focus.
Allplastics provided the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building’s custom made clear Acrylic cabinets for Karisma Joinery who were engaged to diligently deliver a very challenging fitout with tight deadlines.
The carcase and bulkhead were individually constructed, drilled and sanded from a 12mm thick clear Acrylic to achieve the specific finish specified by the architect.
In addition, 25mm clear Acrylic panels were supplied for the light features of the UTS cafeteria area.
Allplastics specialises in the fabrication, machining and supply of Acrylics, polycarbonate and other Architectural and Building plastics and design surfaces.