Renowned architect Frank Gehry was in Sydney yesterday for the official opening of his first Australian project, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
During the event, he responded to questions from the media about the project, including its greatest architectural achievements, the technology that helped to realise the building’s undulating brick façade, and whether he is happy with his latest creation.
One thing he was clear on was that the same building would not have been designed anywhere else, and is unique to Sydney.
“There’s a kind of aesthetic here that I was trying to understand, a dignity…I think most people around the world are building the same old stuff, but you’ve got some icons here like the Sydney Opera House,” he said.
“I tried to fit into that. So this building I wouldn’t do somewhere else.”
Check out new photos of the project here, and listen to what Gehry has to say in the videos below featuring his responses to particular topics.
The brown paper bag tag
Embracing new technology
Understanding Sydney's architectural aesthetic
Preparing for the future
Gehry's 'open system' and the building's greatest architectural achievements
Is Gehry happy with his latest creation?