“How to Build the Impossible”, that was the theme for Austral’s Melbourne Design Studio event last Tuesday 13th August. We were there to learn more about how the Dr Chau Chak Wing (UTS) Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, was constructed.
Cathy Inglis, Austral Brick Group Technical Research & Engineering Manager gave an in depth understanding of this amazing building from its conception to its completion in November 2014. Cathy explained that the building’s façade, made of 320,000 custom designed bricks and utilising only five special shapes was a product of the ingenuity and creativity of Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners’ executive architects Daryl Jackson and Robin Dyke, in collaboration with Sharvain Projects and Bowral Bricks.
She shared with the audience the challenge of how the project would translate this ‘geometry’ into reality through the incredible skill of masons Favetti Bricklaying, to bring the external finish to fruition. She explained why brick was chosen to construct such an intricate façade.
It was a great evening and I was extremely proud to see many of our Victorian Bricklayers in the room discussing how to “Build the Impossible.”
ABBTF Victorian Manager