Speaker Series: How to Build the Impossible

1:00pm - 2:00pm


Webinar with Glen-Gery's Lara Roberston on How to Build the Impossible. An AIA credited (1 LU/HSW credit) presentation held via Zoom.

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How to Build the Impossible:

a case study on the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at UTS Sydney designed by Frank Gehry

This presentation takes an in-depth look at the masonry component of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building façade. Shaped like a “crumpled up paper bag”, Frank Gehry’s complex design required the development of 5 unique brick shapes produced by the Brickworks Bowral Bricks facility in Australia. A bespoke wall tie was also developed to secure the bricks to the undulating substrate. This iconic building has been highly influential shaping the resurgence of contemporary brick architecture throughout Australia.

Learning outcomes:

  • Discover how the façade at UTS was designed and constructed
  • Determine how design limitations were overcome with the development of unique bricks
  • Identify the design details for the bespoke brick restraint system used
  • Describe the design development, engineering, fabrication of the UTS façade
  • Observe the installation and construction methods used on-site to achieve the highly detailed brickwork


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