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Gehry at UTS- the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

16 Dec

The building is named for Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing who donated a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new Business School designed by Frank Gehry, and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. It is the first Australian building by Gehry Partners. About the building A key component of UTS’s City Campus Master Plan, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will provide teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for the UTS Business School. There will be extensive public spaces in the new building, including student lounges, cafes and outdoor roof terraces. The total project value is $150 million. The building will provide 16,030 sqm of space, spread over 11 floors. The UTS vision The University of Technology, Sydney has a singular vision, expressed in our strategic plan – to be a world-leading university of technology. To achieve this, our leadership in learning and teaching must be coupled with international renown in research, and a world-class infrastructure that supports our vibrant intellectual environment. The achievement of our vision relies on attracting high quality students, academics, researchers and administrators; people who are passionate about knowledge, learning, discovery and creativity. Gehry Partners, LLP Gehry Partners, LLP is a full service firm with broad international experience in academic, commercial, museum, performance, and residential projects. Frank Gehry established his practice in Los Angeles, California in 1962. The Gehry partnership, Gehry Partners, LLP, was formed in 2001 and currently supports a staff of over 120 people. Frank Gehry is among the world’s best-known architects. His milestone projects include the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall. Every project undertaken by Gehry Partners is designed personally and directly by Frank Gehry. Ross Milbourne, UTS Vice-Chancellor & President Professor Milbourne received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of NSW, and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His interests have been in the general area of macroeconomics and, in particular, the mathematical modelling and statistical testing of macroeconomic theories. During the last decade his research has focused on economic growth in open economies – economies that allow free international movement of goods and capital. His previous appointments include Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Adelaide and Chair of the Research Grants Committee of the Australian Research Council. Philanthropy Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing has donated a total of $25 million to UTS; $20 million to support the new Business School designed by Frank Gehry, and an additional $5 million to create an endowment fund for Australia-China student scholarships. The gift makes Dr Chau one of the leading philanthropists in the Asia-Pacific region. In recognition of the gift – the largest ever made to an Australian university – UTS Council determined to name the new Gehry-designed Business School building the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Design & construction timeframe Construction will start in early 2012 and be complete in time for the 2014 Academic year. In January 2011, UTS will undertake community and stakeholder consultation on the new design. This consultation forms part of the “Part 3A” submission that UTS will make to the NSW Department of Planning for approval of the design. Economic and tourism benefits The Dr Chau Chak Wing building is the centrepiece of the $1 billion City Campus Master Plan which is expected to generate an estimated $3.2 billion in NSW economic activity. 1,700 jobs are expected to be generated each year over the 10-year construction period. The Chau building is estimated to attract 24,000 interstate visitors and 2,000 international visitors each year, adding $36 million to the tourism industry through spending by business event visitors annually. Source: Independent modelling by Urbis. Local team A local consultant team – comprising Australian architects Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke, engineers and other specialist disciplines – has been appointed to work alongside Gehry Partners. For the full project team listing visit the project page. Sustainability The Master Plan is integral to UTS achieving its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and a variety of holistic sustainability goals. As one of the new buildings proposed by the Master Plan, UTS and Gehry Partners intend to seek a 5-Star Green Star Educational Building Rating for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Source- Websites






Westfield Sydney- Don't panic, boys, but we're due to open in three days

25 Oct

Tim Barlass SMH October 24, 2010

‘‘All under control’’ … workers at the Westfield City site during the week. Westfield Australia managing director Robert Jordan says the centre is on target to open on Thursday.

Photo: Anthony Johnson

A 1000-STRONG army of tradespeople is working around the clock to complete the $1.2 billion Westfield Sydney complex in Pitt Street.

The retail heart of Sydney is due to emerge from its cocoon of scaffolding and dust, after two years of construction, at 9.30am on Thursday.

But last week, when The Sun-Herald photographed the site, not one of the 130 shops had a name on its frontage, any stock or even shelves to put it on.

Westfield Australia managing director Robert Jordan seemed relaxed about the timetable.

”I am sleeping just fine,” he said.

”I have seen the progress over the last few weeks and it is all under control. Trust me.”

The site has thrown up some challenges. Construction has gone on under the watchful eyes of Myer and David Jones on either side, without compromising the stability of the 50-metre Sydney Tower rising above the site.

But it’s no ordinary shopping centre. In June, it was rated the ninth most expensive retail space in the world, up there with Fifth Avenue and the Champs-Elysees. The retail strip, which is expecting a huge boost in the number of shoppers once Westfield opens, commands an average rent of $6000 a square metre a year. The 130 retailers in stage one of the opening include Gucci, Hugo Boss, Stuart Weitzman and some brands that are new in Sydney: Gap, Mulberry and DKNY Jeans.

Shoppers will be encouraged to dine, with outlets such as the gourmet burger shop Charlie & Co, to be opened by Becasse chef Justin North. Jason McVicar, general manager of stores operations at David Jones, which has five pedestrian links to Westfield, said the complex would help make the CBD an international destination.

”Some great international retailers will offer another part to the mix for the people of Sydney.”


Barangaroo- Moore declares hotel shadow too intrusive

20 Aug

Editor’s note- Oh dear, the water will be in shadow!

Matthew Moore and Kelsey Munro, August 19, 2010

THE lord mayor, Clover Moore, has broken ranks with the board responsible for Sydney’s biggest development, declaring a plan to build a hotel over the water at East Darling Harbour ”unacceptable” because of the size of its shadow.

Cr Moore, one of seven members of the board of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, said new shadow diagrams revealed a decision to halve the length of the hotel pier meant the major waterfront promenade – and the cafes and restaurants that lined it – would be cast in shadow in winter, with little sun during the lunch hours of noon and 2pm.

”It’s unacceptable,” said Cr Moore, who said the site’s developer, Lend Lease, would have to consider moving the hotel back to the shore to avoid overshadowing an area she said needed winter sun for the thousands of people who will work in the huge office towers.

Cr Moore has been under pressure from other members of the City of Sydney to quit the BDA board so she can freely criticise plans for the project, which has grown 40 per cent since the government first announced it and which she says is too big.

But she defended her membership and said she had been able to improve the design of Barangaroo, reducing the number of towers from four to three, improving views and encouraging some human scale development, as well as ensuring there were more streets and lanes to make the development appealing at ground level.

Despite these improvements, there were still major problems with the project, she said.

Apartment towers on the northern side of a planned new cove were too high at 35 storeys and should be cut down to minimise the amount of winter sun they would block; and the 90-metres-wide commercial towers were too big.

Plans to amend the concept plan to allow the hotel and increased buildings heights were lodged with the Department of Planning last week. A window for objections is open only until September 10, a period Cr Moore said was far too brief for any serious assessment of Sydney’s biggest project.

A spokesman for Lend Lease rejected Cr Moore’s criticisms and said a number of sites and orientations had already been considered for the hotel, and the pier on the harbour was the preferred option.

”An important aspect of the hotel design is that it creates a really commanding north-facing cove. The pier integrates with the Southern Cove to create a major waterfront civic space and water square,” he said.

While the hotel would cast a shadow over the promenade, he played down concerns. ”The hotel has a shadow that tracks across the promenade, but it’s a small portion of the promenade and it moves quite quickly over a short period of each day … so we don’t see that as a major concern, and in fact in some parts of the year you’ll be grateful for some sun protection.”

He also dismissed council’s concerns about the height of the northern residential towers (150 metres or about 46 storeys). He said the two tall, slender towers had been designed with solar access in mind.

Restaurant operators at King Street Wharf were alarmed to discover shadows from the huge commercial towers would reach many of their establishments and rob their breakfast customers of winter sunshine.

”They don’t want to sit in the shade. That’s the whole point of being on the wharf, it’s half the reason they’re here to be on the water: to be warm and look at the views,” said Rebecca Hambly, manager of La Cita restaurant.


Another bastard for the colonies
SMH, December 23, 2009

History will cast them as foes, but in fact the two designs make exactly the same mistake.

Philip Thalis’ competition-winning design, expunged from the official website as if it never existed, split the huge Barangaroo site lengthwise, giving the public a flat-as-a-pancake park along the water and putting private (built) uses inland.

Lend Lease’s politician-winning scheme goes the other way, dividing the site across, planting the southern (larger) half with a forest of towers while the northern-or-lesser half becomes a back-to-nature front lawn.

Three of Lend Lease’s towers exceed the (already expanded) height limit. Controversy is therefore expected, height being so measurable, so easy to fight over. But really, once you’re past 40, height is not the issue.

Indeed, and this was Thalis’ other error, if he’d gone 50 storeys instead of six or 10 he’d probably still be in place. Several downtown towers – including Renzo Piano’s Aurora Place and Norman Foster’s 126 Phillip Street – would be improved by another few storeys.

The real issue is deeper, less fixable, and common to both. It’s the folly of dividing public, open space from private built space – as though Sydney’s grandest project ever were just another suburban lot – when we all know that successful city precincts mix it up, using buildings to define spaces and spaces to enrich buildings.

Former prime minister Paul Keating likes to apply the Central Park simile. But Central Park’s defining trait is the way it does precisely this, shaping buildings into a sheer escarpment that creates the world’s most memorable outdoor room.

Another useful template is St Mark’s Square in Venice, where a relatively narrow public waterfront strip opens with sudden drama on to a bustling, all-but-hidden urban space. Or Valletta, where the central square is strongly internal but each end of each whitewashed street is filled with that sparkling, azure sea.

Barangaroo, in separating public grass from private commercial, does the opposite, condemning the parkland to be as godless and windswept – as undefined and hard-to-love – as Pyrmont Point Park, while the commercial precinct becomes a nine-to-five corporate dead zone.

This is a double tragedy because it is not Lend Lease’s choice but a wanton government decision, months back, to bifurcate the site for dollars, and cement the split with separate control authorities. This means that while the Lend Lease-Richard Rogers scheme was always the best, even in the 2005-06 competition it didn’t win, the city precinct that will result from their appointment can never regain anything like that original pizazz.

On the other hand, what Lend Lease has chosen – the architecture – looks pretty damn ordinary. Pretty cheap, actually, like King Street Wharf stretched tall. I’d guess it’s as close to Lord Rogers as 126 Phillip Street was to Foster. Strictly bastard children to the colonies, thanks. And as for the supposedly ”natural” headland? Expect no baroque lusciousness of sandstone and angophora. Expect flat concrete, dead-look grass and a few half-hearted trees. Expect cheap.

Keating’s role here is pivotal. He helped judge the competition and now chairs both the Public Domain body controlling the front half (which is unfunded and therefore revenue-dependent on the back) and the Design Excellence Review Panel that advises on the back half. Like, what conflict of interest? Where?

This could spell disaster. Reintegration is virtually impossible and John Tabart, who redeveloped Brisbane Airport and ruined Melbourne’s Docklands, is leading the charge. The heart sinks. But there is at least one overseeing eye: Keating’s.


Westfield Sydney announces opening

20 Aug

Westfield will open the first stage of the $1.2 billion Westfield Sydney development in late October. 

More than 100 fashion and food specialty stores will open for trade by Christmas, at what will be a world class retail and commercial precinct. A second stage opening is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011, with the centre due for completion in 2012 with the construction of a 27-storey office tower that will be home to JP Morgan’s Australian headquarters.

The development is located at Pitt St Mall, Castlereagh and Market Sts, and connects to the highest grossing department stores in Australia – David Jones and Myer. On completion in 2012 the new development will comprise more than 250 fashion, food and lifestyle stores across 40,000sqm and seven levels. It will be complemented by Sydney Central Plaza’s 80 stores over 53,000sqm.

Westfield Sydney will offer shoppers a series of distinct precincts, including luxury, urban, Australian and international designers, and Australian high street shopping.

Westfield Group MD Australia and New Zealand Robert Jordan said Westfield Sydney will become the benchmark for downtown shopping malls in Australia.

“We’re developing a global centre that will offer the very best in retail, design, and services and we believe the centre will position Sydney as an international shopping destination,” Jordan said.

Stores to open in stage one in October include Gucci, Hugo Boss and Stuart Weitzman, new-to-market brands GAP, Mulberry, and DKNY Jeans, together with Australian retailers including Cue, Sportsgirl, Wanted Shoes, Zimmerman and Carla Zampatti. Westfield Sydney will also launch 100 Squared, a fashion incubator concept allowing clusters of young designers to have a pop-up retail space on level one.

Openings in 2011 will see the unveiling of further high street and designer stores including Prada, Miu Miu and the recently announced Zara, opening its first store in Australia. The full food offering includes fine dining restaurants on level six, a high-end restaurant-style food precinct, and due for completion in 2012, an outdoor bar.

Westfield has engaged internationally renowned Tokyo-based interior design company Wonderwall for the Westfield Sydney development. Previous Wonderwall projects include the Collette store in Paris and Uniqlo stores worldwide. The external building’s design and commercial tower has been undertaken by Melbourne firm John Wardle Architects, following an international design competition.

The completed precinct encompasses six elements totaling 171,000sqm of gross lettable area that together will create a world-class retail, tourism and office location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, expected to be valued at approximately $3 billion.

by Inside Retailing Online on August 18, 2010


UTS Broadway Building (ITE Building)

13 Mar

Project description
Angled, semi-transparent “binary screens” envelope the winning proposal for the Broadway Building Design Competition (opens an external site) by architect Denton Corker Marshall. The screens provide the building with a dramatic urban presence. They are made of aluminium sheets perforated with binary code, the series of “1s” and “0s” that underpins computer programming language. The building is also known as the Information Technology and Engineering (ITE) Building.

Reflecting the final tenant of the building, the binary code reads ‘University of Technology, Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology.’

The architect’s design concept positions the new building as a single, sculptural object in the city. “Gills” creased into the aluminium plates of the binary screen punctuate the façade and symbolically reinforce the building as a living, breathing structure. A crevasse-like pedestrian atrium runs through the heart of the building, both horizontally and vertically. It will connect the local neighbourhood to the UTS education precinct.

A floor-to-roof atrium sits
at the heart of the building
Key features
•Internal planning creates strong visual connections through the atrium space and fosters inter-collegial interaction and collaboration
•Vertical planning places most public functions at ground floor level and most private at upper levels
•Academic and research students clustered around interactive and break-out spaces along internal circulation routes
•Internal spaces defined by access to daylight and fresh air
•Building will accommodate some 500 staff and 4,300 students
Sustainability features
•Minimum 5-Star Green Star Rating
•Energy saving strategy is to deliver a 30% – 45% energy saving over benchmark tertiary educational buildings with similar functional spaces.
•45% shading co-efficient of the external ‘binary code’ screen estimated to bring about a 10-15% operational energy saving.
•Other key components include:
?450m² solar array which collects water and provides filtered daylight to atrium
?under floor air distribution system
?low energy lighting
?double-glazed facade with night-purge opening panels
Project Data
Size:27,000sqm useable floor area, 14 levels
Construction value:$170 million
Key dates:•Design Competition winner announced: July 2009 (opens an external site)
•Construction estimated: mid-2010 to end 2012
Design procurement:Design Excellence Competition (opens an external site)
Project team:•UTS Project Manager: Campus Development, Planning and Design Review Branch, Facilities Management Unit
•Architect: Denton Corker Marshall

More Information
For more information contact the project manager: Gregory Graham , p: 9514 4687, email:

Depot Beach House by Stutchbury and Pape

22 Feb

Depot Beach House,
Depot Beach, NSW (near Bateman’s Bay)
Completed 2007

Following the tradition of the Australian beach shack, this replacement ‘shack’ amplifies the notion of “holiday” as did its predecessors. Materials are similar, the kids bunk house is provided, a big games room and lots of area for outside living. A large moving sunshade allows the sun into the house in winter. A large elevated living / cooking environment can reasonably accommodate up to 22 people. The building is passive solar with good thermal mass for storage of heat in winter and ‘coolth’ in summer. A flexible, polite, provocative structure whose patterns originate from the freedom of a real holiday cottage.

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Marcus O’Reilly Architects Kyneton house, Victoria

17 Feb

This single story house is located on a leafy well established street in Kyneton, Victoria, Australia. While appropriately scaled for the neighborhood it is a variation on the local typology. Whereas the typical suburban model of a distinct front yard and back yard is the norm in the area, this design focuses the house to a generous north facing outdoor room.

Stretching east to west across the site, the dynamic double skillion roofs provide ample northern light into every room in the house. A central spine between the two roofs splits the house into public and private functions and visually connects the entrance of the home to the sculptural forms of the rear garden. A thickened wall with deep niches for the display of art and random artifacts heightens the experience of passing along the central circulation. Continue reading