Beekman Tower architect Frank Gehry‘s latest project is the UTS Business School in Sydney, Australia which has controversially been dubbed the “squashed paper brown bag” building, thanks to its somewhat crumpled appearance. The structure (officially called the Dr Chau Chak Wing facility), which is on the University’s city campus, was Gehry’s first building in Australia and was part of a £612million upgrade of UTS’ facilities. The building is made up of over 320,000 specially designed sandstone-coloured bricks which were all laid by hand, and the west-facing elevation features pieces of glass which allow broken reflections of nearby buildings. The reason for the unusual external appearance is in fact the internal layout, which has many different branches and areas, featuring steel, timber beams, a Victorian ash staircase, and of course plenty of spacious classrooms – the building was reportedly inspired by a treehouse.
So, what do you think – is the new Business school a crumpled paper bag lookalike, or a thing of beauty?