Famous Architect Creates ‘Squashed Brown Paper Bag’ Building

Hey, one of the world’s most famous architects created a giant version of a crumpled-up brown bag. While few would deny the architectural merit of Frank Gehry’s first effort in Australia, the building is certainly drawing some less-than-flattering comparisons.

Australia’s governor general Peter Cosgrove, for example, spoke at the opening of the building and called it “the most beautiful squashed brown paper bag I’ve ever seen.” Luckily, WebUrbanist reports Gehry doesn’t mind the comparison.



The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building in Sydney features more than 300,000 uniquely-designed bricks. It was reportedly inspired by other examples of Sydney architecture and a treehouse using branching supports and organic shapes.

You can view a video tour of the strange building or view some of the photos above. We’ve scoured and scoured these photos and the video, but we can’t quite make up our mind on this building. Like a lot of modern art, it’s hard to decide if it’s brilliant or a laughable parody of itself.

What do you think, dear reader?