Sydney

Curvaceous Icon : Weekly Photo Challenge

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I’m sure this building needs no introduction. From every viewpoint its contours swoop and flow like waves on the ocean.

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It dwarfs the people gazing at its grandeur.

But it is not the only curvaceous icon on Sydney’s waterfront.

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The old “Coat hanger” is peering over her shoulder.

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If you look very closely you will see tiny ant-like dots, brave souls, nearly at the top as they climb this Sydney monument.

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I wonder how many other Australian bloggers have chosen to showcase our well known buildings in this weeks photo challenge as Cheri asks us to “find inspiration in the curves around you.”

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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

http://architecture.about.com/od/greatbuildings/ig/Buildings-by-Frank-Gehry/Guggenheim-Bilbao.htm#step-heading

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

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