Travel Theme : Modern Architecture.

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The University of Technology, Sydney was designed by architect Frank Gehry. Inspirational and world renowned he is among the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century, and is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications. Gehry’s most famous designs include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Finalized at the end of 2014 the UTS, according to some, has become a new iconic building in Sydney, even rivalling the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.  So when we were in Sydney in March 2015, with camera in hand,  I had to see it.

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Building design is based on the idea of a tree-house structure.

His style is described as “billowing” and it certainly does…

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The building’s façade, which was made of 320,000 custom designed bricks, is described as the “squashed brown paper bag”. Frank Gehry said, “Maybe it’s a brown paper bag, but it’s flexible on the inside, there’s a lot of room for changes or movement.”

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The tower is named after Dr Chau Chak Wing, an Australian-Chinese businessman and philanthropist who donated $20 million for the building’s construction. The 12-storey tower provides teaching, learning, research and office accommodation for 1,256-1,300 students and 300 326 academic staff.

Take a look at this short 2 minute video of the construction.

The inside is equally as impressive.

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Here is a link to more of the ultra modern buildings designed by Frank Gehry


Ailsa is looking for modern this week. I think this building fits into that category…

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9 thoughts on “Travel Theme : Modern Architecture.

  1. Wow!!! This is breathtaking. Your first image gave no clue to what was to follow. How on earth did you come across it? I’ve never even heard of it. Your photography is brilliant.

    • Thanks Meg for the lovely encouraging comment. Jude mentioned it in one of her Sydney blogs and I tucked the information away in a corner of the memory, then looked it up on good old Google…

  2. hey P – loved the time lapse vid – darn did they make it look easy. and the brown bag building is neat – you think there would be more of this kind of stuff today – but I guess it is not easy to get away formt he square…

    • That time lapse video fascinated me too Y. I bet a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it. What an inspirational man Frank Gehry is, 86 and still producing iconic architecture all around the world.

      • what a great thing that Gehry is still active! and that video is an example of our cool tech…

  3. Ooooooooh. surreal and Esheresque. Fabulous & intriguing photos and architecture!

    • You’ve got the right description with Esheresque Cindy, hardly know if you are coming or going on those stairs…

  4. Fantastic post, Pauline. Another Gehry hit.

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