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Arup appointed designer on Gehry's first Australian project

The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has appointed Arup as structural, civil and façade engineer for the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - the first design project undertaken in Australia by architect Gehry Partners.

Arup will also advise on traffic flow and flood risk. The 16,030m2 development will be sited on the old Dairy Farmers Warehouse on Ultimo Road and become home to the UTS Faculty of Business.

“Frank Gehry’s designs are most easily identified by their unique geometry and exploration of different materials, and the Dr Chau Chak Wing building carries Gehry’s indelible mark on its façade,” said Arup principal and project director Peter Bailey. “One of our most important tasks on this project is to capture this innovative form in a usable and sustainable fashion.”

Arup’s project team have been sourced from Sydney and Los Angeles to complete the building.

Arup has an established relationship with Gehry Partners having collaborated on the Maggies Centre, a cancer daycare centre in Dundee and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Arup is also currently working with Gehry Partners on the Sønderborg Harbor Masterplan in Denmark.

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