Starchitect Frank Gerhy's first Australian building is set for completion later this year, and it appears that one of its most innovative features is the masonry.
The new 14-story University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) building is named after Australian-Chinese businessman and philanthropist Dr Chau Chak Wing.
According to a report in Sourceable, achieving Gehry's signature unconventional and wavy look created some interesting masonry challenges and sparked new innovations.
The east facing façade features a “buff” coloured brick that curves and drapes in a collapsing fashion. AECOM actually developed the unique brick including its tie, mortar and backing system – the first building in the world to make use of this state-of-the-art innovation.
The bricks themselves are also unique.
AECOM also needed the brick to look good from every angle, so the company created a dry-pressed brick that was less sharp. The bricks had slots in them that were used to hold a stainless steel rod to tie them together using the firm’s newly developed tie system.