A philanthropic donation by businessman Dr Chau Chak Wing has funded construction of a new Sydney landmark. The unique and innovative building featuring a unique spin on Gothic inspired architecture is the new home for the Business School at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Australian Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove was on hand to open the $20 million school. The building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is a visual manifestation of innovative thinking at UTS and the Business School, according to Attila Brungs, the UTS Vice Chancellor.
“Frank Gehry has created unique spaces to inspire a life-long love of learning, enable completely new educational experiences and enrich UTS’s approach to research,” Brungs said.
Stimulating thought in architectural design
The building was designed to stimulate ideas and the sharing of information between staff, students and the community. The sculpted, irregular appearance of the building is certain to be a talking point for a long time to come, and will divide as well as unite adherents of various architectural standpoints.
However, Professor Vicki Sara, UTS Chancellor is a supporter of the design that she believes symbolises UTS innovation.
“It epitomises our vision to be a world-leading university of technology where creativity and innovation intersect,” Sara said.
A meeting of philanthropy and architectural philosophy
Gehry certainly brought his artistic flair to the design, which he compares to a growing and living organism providing many branches of thought. In keeping with Sydney architectural themes, the sandstone coloured brick facade is a nod to local heritage, and huge glass panels on the west side reflect the surrounding city.
Along with the extremely generous donation for the construction of the building, Mr Wing is also providing $5 million for Australian and Chinese scholarships for study in both countries. Wing is delighted with the new building named in his honour, and believes Frank Gehry is an “unparalleled architect.”