“We wanted a sense of movement that was comforting, let’s say. A fabric kind of quality, which is ‘mother’– you know, your mother’s arms with the folds”. So says Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry about his architectural masterpiece – UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Gehry in Sydney is extremely well-edited and broadly explores all aspects of the new UTS Business School.
The book meaningfully contains excellent professional photos of stages of this project which not only convey the unique spirit of Gehry’s design to readers, but also demonstrate its technical complexity, for example its interesting façade design. Undoubtedly, one of the most impressive chapters of this book, ‘Drawings’, consists of numerous images that show the design’s progress from Gehry’s conceptual sketches to detailed computer-designed architectural plans. It is meritoriously followed by a thoughtful review written by Perry Forsythe, a Professor in UTS’s School of the Built Environment. His chapter details the different construction processes, including the exceptional brick façade, which went into constructing this iconic building. As Forsythe so aptly surmises, “It’s innovation, but not as we normally know it”.
Stewart Clegg is the Research Director of UTS’s Centre for Management and Organisation Studies (CMOS). Liisa Naar is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in CMOS, the UTS Business School and the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.