Dr Chau Chak Wing Building: An lnnovative Approach to Education

Designed by architect Frank Geary, responsible for some of the most iconic architecture in the world  including the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is a business school building of the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Awarded a 5 Star Green Star Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the building’s long list of sustainable attributes is impressive. High performance glazing, insulated double-glazed curtain walls with solar control and low emissivity coatings, and adjustable blinds minimising glare are just some of the features incorporated into the build.

The unique building is modelled on a tree house, with the main activity area of the building designed as the tree trunk, from which branches extend into communal areas and classrooms, of irregular shapes and dimensions, which make full use of unusual spaces and challenge the perceptions of a ‘normal’ classroom. Striking internal staircases function as “bump space” to connect, reduce lift energy use and improve health and wellbeing.

Innovation and sustainable design is incorporated into every fibre of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, in fact real-time sustainability performance data is even linked to digital screens in public areas. The prioritisation of innovation throughout the building extended to the approach that was taken to its insulation. Due to the low profile of the basement roof, the building required an insulation product that would take up minimal space, but be ultra-effective and Kooltherm K10 Soffit Board provided the perfect solution. This product strengthens the functionality and efficiency of the building, while enhancing comfort for building occupants.
 
 

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