Winners of the 2019 Dulux Colour Awards

 
Architects and designers have really set a precedent with their masterful employment of colour to create unexpected, lively, playful and refined interior and exterior spaces.
— Andrea Lucena-Orr –Dulux Colour Planning and Communications Manager

Last night at the Gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria, the winners of the 33rd Dulux Colour Awards were announced. Over 430 projects from Australia and New Zealand broke records, and showed that having a bit of colour in your architectural projects isn’t such a bad thing. The goal of this long-standing awards program is to recognise projects that are the most creative and considered use of colour. And the winners were;

 
Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail Winner Project _ Giraffe Learning Centre (NSW) by Supercontext Architecture Studio Photographer _ Adam Madigan and Bob Barrett

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail Winner
Project _ Giraffe Learning Centre (NSW) by Supercontext Architecture Studio
Photographer _ Adam Madigan and Bob Barrett

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Commendation Project _ Curtin Think Space (WA) by Arcadia Design Studio Photographer _ Dion Robeson

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Commendation
Project _ Curtin Think Space (WA) by Arcadia Design Studio
Photographer _ Dion Robeson

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Commendation Project _ Walan (QLD) by Bureau^Roberts Photographer _ Christopher Fredrick Jones

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Commendation
Project _ Walan (QLD) by Bureau^Roberts
Photographer _ Christopher Fredrick Jones

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Interior Commendation Project _ Elmore Homestead (VIC) by Flack Studio Photographer _ Sharyn Cairns

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Interior Commendation
Project _ Elmore Homestead (VIC) by Flack Studio
Photographer _ Sharyn Cairns

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Student Winner Project _ Reimagining Rail (VIC) by Diana Ong, The University of Melbourne

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Student Winner
Project _ Reimagining Rail (VIC) by Diana Ong, The University of Melbourne

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 NZ Grand Prix Winner Project _ Wains Hotel Dunedin (NZ) by Yellow6 Photographer _ Jono Parker

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 NZ Grand Prix Winner
Project _ Wains Hotel Dunedin (NZ) by Yellow6
Photographer _ Jono Parker

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail Commendation Project _ The UNSW Bookshop (NSW) by SJB Photographer _ Anson Smart

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail Commendation
Project _ The UNSW Bookshop (NSW) by SJB
Photographer _ Anson Smart

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Commendation Project _ Pentolina (VIC) by Biasol Photographer _ Jack Lovel

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Commendation
Project _ Pentolina (VIC) by Biasol
Photographer _ Jack Lovel

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Interior Winner Project _ Caroline House (VIC) by Kennedy Nolan Photographer _ Derek Swalwell

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Interior Winner
Project _ Caroline House (VIC) by Kennedy Nolan
Photographer _ Derek Swalwell

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Exterior Winner Project _ Alma Residence (NSW) by Studio Gorman Photographer _ Prue Ruscoe

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Exterior Winner
Project _ Alma Residence (NSW) by Studio Gorman
Photographer _ Prue Ruscoe

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Student Commendation Project _ The Commons (NZ) by Abbey Hale, Auckland University of Technology

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Student Commendation
Project _ The Commons (NZ) by Abbey Hale, Auckland University of Technology

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Australian Grand Prix Winner Project _ Giraffe Learning Centre (NSW) by Supercontext Architecture Studio Photographer _ Adam Madigan and Bob Barrett

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Australian Grand Prix Winner
Project _ Giraffe Learning Centre (NSW) by Supercontext Architecture Studio
Photographer _ Adam Madigan and Bob Barrett

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Winner Project _ Sable Drop (VIC) by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects Photographer _ Peter Clarke

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Winner
Project _ Sable Drop (VIC) by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Photographer _ Peter Clarke

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Winner Project _ Flinders Street External Works (VIC) by Lovell Chen Photographer _ Peter Glenane, Martin Leitch, Jenny Bolis and Kai Chen

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Winner
Project _ Flinders Street External Works (VIC) by Lovell Chen
Photographer _ Peter Glenane, Martin Leitch, Jenny Bolis and Kai Chen

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Interior Commendation Project _ Captain Kelly’s Cottage (TAS) by John Wardle Architects Photographer _ Trevor Mein

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Interior Commendation
Project _ Captain Kelly’s Cottage (TAS) by John Wardle Architects
Photographer _ Trevor Mein

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Exterior Commendation Project _ The Bank, Vaughan (VIC) by Maria Danos Architecture Photographer _ Trevor Mein

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Residential Exterior Commendation
Project _ The Bank, Vaughan (VIC) by Maria Danos Architecture
Photographer _ Trevor Mein

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Student Commendation Project _ The Performance Terrain Theatre (NZ) by Lauren Gibbs, Auckland University of Technology

Dulux Colour Awards 2019 Student Commendation
Project _ The Performance Terrain Theatre (NZ) by Lauren Gibbs, Auckland University of Technology

 

What the Judge’s Said of the Winners

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail Winner
Project _ Giraffe Learning Centre (NSW) by Supercontext Architecture Studio
"The unexpected sophistication of this learning centre, right down to the colour of the floors, makes it a standout in its category. Given the context, it could have been heavy-handed but, instead, the innovative consideration of colour is contemporary and crisp. It eschews any expectation of the project type by not using colour in a patronising or obviously childlike way. By highlighting exposed building elements and transitional space, it is refreshingly original and sets a new benchmark.” – Rosa Coy, Director of Coy Yiontis Architects

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality Winner
Project _ Sable Drop (VIC) by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
“Ambition is one thing, execution another, and we commend this project on both. The use of colour is complex and considered, and its precise articulation, particularly the level of tonal matching, is no mean feat to achieve. Balance is key here. It is a large space, but the swathe of seamless green, a demarcation between the external landscaping and the interior, is an innovative device, demonstrating restraint and balance to achieve an impactful result. Overall, this is a courageous design.” – Simon Farrell-Green, Editor of HOME New Zealand magazine

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Winner
Project _ Flinders Street External Works (VIC) by Lovell Chen
“Extraordinary investigation and science went into the paint choices here, with the architects undertaking extensive research into the original colours since the late 1970s. In fact, the rigour with which the paint scheme was established is the real story behind this project, with three new Dulux colours being created as a result. The Station’s historic significance and the public’s attachment to it necessitated an outcome that restored the integrity of the original design, and that has been done in an impressive and honourable fashion.” – Matt Gibson, Director of Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Residential Interior Winner
Project _ Caroline House (VIC) by Kennedy Nolan
“Classic black and white with a punch of colour is eternally effective, and its articulation in this home is especially inspiring. The balanced tonal distribution ensures a subdued spatial feel, enabling detail and texture to come to the fore. At the home’s core is an inspired interation of colour: the near-apple green hue on the stair, including its underside and hand rail, is a central connecting device, mirroring the greens of the pool, itself a focal point of the home, and subtly aligning inside and out. It is timeless and understated or, as the architects state, ‘meticulous and complete’.” – Carole Whiting, Director of Carole Whiting Interiors + Design

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Residential Exterior Winner
Project _ Alma Residence (NSW) by Studio Gorman
“From the fabulous front door to the charming extension, the use of many and varied colours in this residence is sophisticated and refined. Anything but conservative, the subtle palette is full of surprising layers and complexity. Dulux colour Linseed takes on a green tinge against the existing red bricks in a beautiful juxtaposition. Soft blues distinguish the exterior extension and are amped up through the interior. Even the impact of shade on colour has been considered. Overall, the quirky combinations create an understated drama and cohesive take on contemporary Victoriana.” – Mardi Doherty, Director of Doherty Design Studio

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Student Winner
Project _ Reimagining Rail (VIC) by Diana Ong, The University of Melbourne
“Driven by an ambitious social imperative, this proposal seeks to connect people in public places and employs colour as a unifier in a way that feels real and natural. It truly pushes the boundaries, as students can and should before they are limited by the constraints of industry. Also worth noting is the beauty of the spectacular renderings, which are reminiscent of Constructivist paintings.” – Mardi Doherty, Director of Doherty Design Studio

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 NZ Grand Prix Winner
Project _ Wains Hotel Dunedin (NZ) by Yellow6
“This contemporary but classic design is in keeping with the historic Victorian-era hotel, described by the architects as ‘a grand old dame with quirks and personality’. The subtle use of colour blocking, with soft greys and neutrals on walls to enhance the traditional mouldings, is especially worth noting, as is the choice of Dulux Tuatapere from the Colours of NZ range for the feature wall – a nod to the South Island. Even the clear delineation of curtain lines to define the colour blocks is clever.” – Simon Farrell-Green, Editor of HOME New Zealand magazine

Dulux Colour Wards 2019 Australian Grand Prix Winner
Project _ Giraffe Learning Centre (NSW) by Supercontext Architecture Studio
”In a project of its nature, with a low budget and aimed at children, this learning centre may have gone the way of many of its ilk and become either patronisingly cute or just plain bland. Instead, every opportunity has been taken to achieve the opposite. Conceptually strong, the design is accomplished, largely thanks to the strategic use of bold colour. It works hard to delineate zones, between old and new, as well as rooms and transitional spaces; to highlight, rather than hide, exposed building services; and, to assist the visually impaired. Appearing playful while serving multiple functional purposes is the epitome of clever colour usage, and makes this project the clear and deserving winner.” – Rosa Coy, Director of Coy Yiontis Architects

 
 
 
 

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