The exceptional displays of innovative colour use were showcased this week as the winning projects of the 2021 Dulux Colour Awards were announced via a virtual, live-streamed Gala Event on the Dulux website. Selected from an outstanding 437 entries from Australia and New Zealand, the award-winning projects across the six categories are truly remarkable, with colour use by the architects and designers a testament to their commitment to
creativity and originality in design.
The judging panel particularly commended the use of colour in place-making; the universally high degree of inventiveness and execution in a number of projects made for some spirited debate, particularly in the Commercial and Multi-Residential and Residential Exterior categories.
The panel comprised five design industry leaders: Sarah-Jane Pyke, Arent&Pyke; Jefa Greenaway, Greenaway Architects; Suzannah Waldron, Searle x Waldron Architecture; Mel Bright, Studio Bright; and, Patrick Loo, Common Space (NZ).
The Australian Grand Prix winner and recipient of the Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Award, 22 William epitomises courageous design. “Hugely ambitious and brilliantly conceived, we credit SJB for committing to a single colour and so artfully executing its use in such an impactful way,” said the judges.
The NZ Grand Prix winner has playfully crafted an array of profound saturated hues to extraordinary effect.
“The Central Hotel in Queenstown displays a discerning depth of colour, comprehensively articulated,” the judges said. “It is memorably original and wonderfully playful. “We are awed by the courage and sophistication of this year’s award winners,” said Lucena-Orr in conclusion. “From public works to private homes, the degree of ambition and excellence demonstrates that designers, architects and clients all recognise the integral role of colour in our built environment and its capacity to transform our experience.”
GRAND PRIX AUSTRALIA – WINNER 22 William – by SJB + COMMERCIAL & MULTI-RESIDENTIAL EXTERIOR
Photographer: Matthew Densley
GRAND PRIX NEW ZEALAND – WINNER +
Central Hotel – by Undercurrent
Photographer: Tim Pierce – Two Bearded Men
COMMERCIAL INTERIOR: WORKPLACE & RETAIL
66 Wentworth Avenue – by Welsh + Major
Photographer: Ben Guthrie
Beauty Block – by Bergman and Co
Photographer: Daniel Mazzarella
Das Studio – by Das Studio
Photographer: Josh Geelen
COMMERCIAL INTERIOR: PUBLIC & HOSPITALITY
Surfside Primary School – by Sibling Architecture
Photographer: Christine Francis
Poodle Bar and Bistro – by Bergman & Co
Photographer: Derek Swalwell
RMIT Rodda Lane – by Sibling Architecture
Erskine House – by Kennedy Nolan
Photographer: Derek Swalwell
Divided House – by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Photographer: Multiple photographers used – see end of email for full details
SINGLE RESIDENTIAL EXTERIOR
Bona Vista – by Studio Prineas
Photographer: Chris Warnes
Engawa House – by Arcke
Photographer: Andy Macpherson
Installation Art – by Joanne Odisho, RMIT University
Cremorne Mesh House- by Ying Ho Shiu, RMIT University