UTS BUSINESS SCHOOL
My original intention when I started my creative study was to learn to style photographs. I had taken technical photography classes, but not "pretty photography" classes. Somewhere along the way, I was sidetracked by interior design and went tripping off down that path. My poor camera was left to gather dust!
I had forgotten what a joy it is to just take photos. The other day, I was headed to the Colette Dinnigan Retrospective at the Powerhouse Museum. I ended up being sidetracked by the stunning new Frank Gehry building along the way, and ran out of time!
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building for UTS Business School by Frank Gehry is constructed of simple materials of brick and glass. The bricks have been used in a unique way, in that the square bricks follow the random curves of the building, and every once in a while a brick juts out on an angle away from the curve. Glass faces the curved brick structure; the afternoon sunlight shines off the glass and reflects back to the facing brick, causing it to shimmer. In the afternoon glow, the finish looks less the humble brick and reminiscent of the sheet metal construction of Gehry's other buildings, such as EMP Seattle or Guggenheim Bilbao.
Inside Cafe 80 off the side street, the thick window wells bend and curve, causing shadows that also bend and curve across the curved seating. Stop for a coffee, and study the light and space for a while!
I cannot imagine when the building plans looked like for this project. If architecture is frozen music, then the construction supervisor would have been a conductor, ensuring every single note fell into line.
(Note: The Powerhouse Museum is now accessible via The Goods Line which you access from Central Station via Henry Deane Plaza.)