Innovative hardware solution complements the UTS’ distinctive architecture

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The University of Technology, Sydney new treehouse inspired education building opted for Lockwood inspired products specified and designed to solve innovative requirements.

Customer

The University City campus’ AUD$1 billion redevelopment showcases a key architectural feature, the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building which accommodates teaching, learning, research and office space for the UTS Business School. Australian-Chinese businessman and philanthropist Dr. Chau Chak Wing, after whom the Building is named donated AUD$20 million to support the new educational facility.

Challenge

Renowned Canadian architect Frank Gehry’s brainchild, the Building’s unique, unusual and yet urbane shape follows a treehouse concept which the UTS hails as a “distinctive building for a distinctive educational style”. Gehry’s organically arboreal stylizing creates offshoot ‘branches’ incorporating offices and rooms for quiet, focused and reflective thought, whereas the ‘trunk’ supports scheduled and unscheduled, formal and informal, open plan social gathering spaces and areas.

Solution

ASSA ABLOY supplied the architectural door hardware for the new Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia.

The ASSA ABLOY Sales Team worked tirelessly with the Gehry Partners and Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke Architects throughout the fittings specification stages to envision a comprehensive door hardware solution for the twelve story tower’s over six hundred doors. Builder Lend Lease and contractor Access Hardware ensured smooth installation and finish.

The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building officially opened in February, 2015.