Frank Gehry Unveils Tree House Design for Sydney University Building

16 December 2010 (Last Updated December 16th, 2010 18:30)

US architect Frank Gehry has unveiled a tree-house design for the proposed Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney, Australia. The A$150m (US$148m) building, dubbed The Treehouse, is part of the ten-year A$1bn ($987.4m) UTS city campus master plan.

US architect Frank Gehry has unveiled a tree-house design for the proposed Dr Chau Chak Wing building at the University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney, Australia.

The A$150m (US$148m) building, dubbed The Treehouse, is part of the ten-year A$1bn ($987.4m) UTS city campus master plan.

The 11-storey vertical design features branches of research and academic spaces with a wrinkly glass façade built using a combination of yellow bricks.

Some elements of the design will be subject to some modification, pending community consultation and authority approval.

Construction is due to start in early 2012 and is due for completion in 2014.

The building is named after the Australian-Chinese business leader Dr Chau Chak Wing who donated A$20m (US$19.7m) to UTS for the project.