The Dulux colour awards 2013 were hosted last week in South Melbourne celebrating the imaginative use of colour by architects and interior designers. The work of influential architects and designers from Australasia were judged by an esteemed panel of design leaders, providing an inspirational showcase of colour in the built environment. Guests including myself were greeted upon arrival by Darcey the stunning and very friendly Dulux brand ambassador as we made our way to the rooftop of Lumiere for a night of colour and design.
Below – Single Residential Interior: Queen St Residence by Edwards Moore Projects Pty. Ltd.
Judges commented on the diverse selection of colours used and the injection of personality into the residence by successfully capturing the reflections from bright accents and the use of bright yellow trims, which wash the white walls with colour. The interior architecture was sharp while simultaneously injecting a sense of play into the space. Judges also observed that the upstairs and downstairs areas complemented each other significantly well.
Below – Single Residential Exterior: Annandale House by CO-AP Architects
Judges were impressed with the subtle, cohesive and sophisticated use of colour which successfully engaged the exterior with its interior. According to the judging panel, the scheme came alive through the use of colours that traditionally wouldn’t be used together. This project shows that with a creative use of colour a heritage space can complement a new modern addition in any home.
Below – Commercial Interior: John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School (JSRACS) Campus, Western Australia by Brooking Design Architects
Judges were extremely impressed with the beautiful layering and complete compositional use of colour throughout the project. Playful, peaceful and sophisticated, the colours were pushed to the next level without being overwhelming. Plywood ceilings above successfully tied the space together. The project is a fine example of using bright colours in harmony to create an exciting environment for children without introducing the usual primary colours.
Below – Wintergarden Façade by Studio 505 , Judges believed the project presented a beautiful optimism of a butterfly-like paradise and was further interpreted in a very Australian way. The colourful powder-coated metal created an almost spiritual quality and can be likened to a cathedral.
Below – “Atherton Gardens HUB development exhibited exceptional bold use of colour on the external façade of the balconies which in turn created a vibrant impact and strong contrast against the white external walls,” the judging panel said.
To see all the winners and entrants projects images courtesy of Dulux