Unique University building beginning to look BIMpressive

Brickwork of a new Australian University building designed using BIM has been unveiled, and it certainly looks unique.

In Sydney, work on the University of Technology’s ‘treehouse’ development has been revealed, with some instead describing it as an ‘urban sandcastle’ or the less-polite sounding ‘crushed paper bag’.


American architect Frank Gehry is behind the 15,470 square metre project, which will be the University’s new business school.


320,000 “buff-coloured” bricks will all be hand-laid during the build (named after funding donator Dr. Chau Chak Wing) by master bricklayer Peter Favetti, who came out of retirement to work on the build.


Due to the development’s twelve storeys and intricate design, Building Information Modelling is being used as modern software will be key to a speedy and efficient build that can cut down potential mistakes.


Architect Gehry spoke of the project on its official website and said: “The east facing facade is made of a buff colored brick similar in color to the Sydney (heritage) sandstone. The form of this facade curves and folds like soft fabric.


“The brick will be set in horizontal courses and will step or corbel to create the shape. The texture of the surface will be rough and will emphasize the mass of the material.”


Gehry continued by discussing the building’s windows, which protrude from the walls in a unique fashion.


“The shape flattens as it wraps around the north and south corners. Large windows punch this facade.”


To learn more about the build, visit the project’s main website and see additional photos of the build thus far, click here.


What is your opinion on the building’s unorthodox design?