Case Study_UTS Chau Chak Wing

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - UTS Sydney

Constructed in less than 18 months, the 12-storey building has been designed to accommodate the university’s business school, including lecture and seminar rooms, research centre facilities, as well as a basement level for car and bicycle parking.

The Project

The opening of any new building involving the renowned architect Frank Gehry is an international pageant – scrutinized in great detail, criticized with acid precision, and always envied.

When it opened in Sydney in early February 2015, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) attracted all the anticipated hubbub, along with plenty of introspective interest from spectators keen to soak up the more novel aspects of the structure.

Building Type:
Gehry Partners
Lend Lease
Kooltherm® K10 FM Soffit Board
We were confident in specifying the Kingspan Kooltherm® insulation products as it allowed us to meet both the space constraints and most importantly, performance criteria. Trust in every product we specify to perform as stated and in full compliance to the highest possible standard is critical,”

Daniel Beekwilder of Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke, Executive Architect 
Case Study_UTS Chau Chak Wing 3

Critical Acclaim

Constructed in less than 18 months, the 12-storey building has been designed to accommodate the university’s business school, including lecture and seminar rooms, research centre facilities, as well as a basement level for car and bicycle parking.

Critics seem to agree on one thing: as with all Gehry projects, the UTS building’s materials and artisanship represent world’s best practice. With its ragged-edged folding eastern façade of custom-manufactured bricks, large expanses of west-facing dark glazing that rise upwards in geometric fits and starts, and protruding windows resembling Post-It Notes on a giant board, the structure is immediately striking for its ‘handmade’ qualities.

As a 5 Star Green Star building, the structure is as efficient as it is bold, with innovation evident even at basement level.

Case Study_UTS Chau Chak Wing 5


Due to the low profile of the basement roof, it was necessary to find an insulation solution that would not only be thermally effective, but which would also take up minimal space and satisfy the required fire rating.

Kooltherm® K10 FM Soffit Board was the obvious choice. This Kingspan-supplied insulation board was installed in over 2,000 square metres of the roof area of the carpark, with the foil surface exposed and positioned under the floor slab.

Another 400 square metres of white-faced board was placed on the carpark ceiling near the entry. The thin profile of the board meant the ceiling height could be maximized without sacrificing performance. It is worth noting that Kooltherm® K10 FM Soffit Board achieves CodeMark certification standards, providing assurance to specifiers and designers that the product will meet its claimed performance benchmarks. This assurance is crucial when calculating energy efficiency targets for approved Green Star rating assessments.

The exposed foil surface itself harmonises with the overall building design, offsetting the darkness of the space and creating the illusion of a higher ceiling.

Occupant Comfort

All insulation products used in this landmark structure enhance the functionality and efficiency of the building as far as the external walling is concerned; it also safeguards and preserves comfort for building occupants.

The structure features a number of rooms of irregular shape and dimension, making full use of unusual spaces and inviting users to challenge their preconceptions about what is ‘normal’ in a tertiary learning environment.

First-class insulation is fundamental to this process, as it allows students to remain comfortable while they test the boundaries of oval classrooms, feature staircases and informal meeting hubs throughout the complex.

Trusted Quality

The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building showcases the genius of a team of dedicated design consultants, architects and engineers, all of whom were obviously committed to the task of assembling the best possible materials in the best possible way.

The goal of achieving a space that would support and engender an inventive academic spirit has undoubtedly been achieved. All design elements meld function and form without compromise, which underlines an ethic of success based on hard work and inspiration.

We use cookies on our website To find out more about the cookies we use, or to change your cookie preferences i.e. to remove your consent to our use of certain categories of cookies, please visit our Cookie Policy & Control page.

Please click "Accept and close" to accept the use of cookies on our website. If you do not click "Accept and close" but continue to use this website: you thereby consent to the use of all Kingspan's cookies and third party cookies for the purposes of improving performance, improving functionality and audience measurement, in accordance with the terms laid out in our Cookie Policy & Control page; and we will assume that you have read and understood our Cookie Policy & Control page.

The Cookie Policy & Control and Website Privacy Notice were updated on 13 August 2018.