Friday, 8 April 2016

New look for Ultimo, Sydney

Recently, I visited Ultimo, an inner city suburb of Sydney, NSW. Ultimo is situated just next to Sydney's CBD and near Chinatown and used to be a fairly industrialised area. It wasn't the kind of place you'd take a leisurely stroll.

It's also the site of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), which seems to have developed an excitingly futuristic approach to the new architecture being created in this precinct.

Now people, including many UTS students and staff, can walk around newly created pedestrian ways where once would have been goods rail lines and factories. There are hole-in-the-wall cafes, sculptures and public spaces where people can relax and socialise.

UTS commissioned the architect, Frank Gehry, to design one of its buildings, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which houses its Faculty of Business. This building is an amazing brick structure that looks like it's been crumpled up like a milk carton. It reminds me of Antoni Gaudi's free-form, curvy architecture and I think it's fascinating!

Here is a photo I took of it on my phone, also showing the old goods railway bridge in the foreground.
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building by Frank Gehry, UTS Ultimo
Image: Dr Chau Chak Wing Building designed by Frank Gehry, UTS Sydney.

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