This year’s Dulux Colour Awards winners, announced last week in Melbourne, demonstrate the capacity for colour to transform our built environment through innovative design, ambitious scope and masterful execution. Chosen from 113 finalists across New Zealand and Australia the winning projects were applauded for their exceptional use of colour across a vast range of scales and typologies.
Two of the winners I’m sharing with you today are from the Residential Category, where I was drawn to their beautiful use of dark and moody hues.
In recognising the outstanding designs, the judges acknowledged the people at the heart of each project – those creating them and those inhabiting them.
“Colour is universal but it means different things to different people,” says Dulux Colour Specialist Davina Harper. “This year’s suite of award winners epitomises the capacity for colour to transform spaces and elicit emotion in everybody.
“The level of ambition in each brief and the sophistication in the palettes designed to realise those architectural aims increases every year,” says Harper. “From a tiny apartment to a multi-storey community hub or a modest storage shed to a heritage theatre, the originality and brave employment of colour is outstanding.”
Congratulations to the prestigious New Zealand Grand Prix winner, Shand Shelton, for their remarkable restoration of the St James Theatre in Wellington. A celebration of craftsmanship and collaboration, taking cues from descriptions of the auditorium in 1912, the project was a testament to the power of colour to enrich and enliven.
Grand Prix New Zealand Winner
Also, a commendation in the Commerical Interior – Public and Hospitality category
Bringing a wealth of design-industry expertise to their endeavours, the respected panel comprised: Andrew Piva, Director of B.E Architecture; Brahman Perera, Inter-disciplinary Designer and Director of his eponymous studio; Lisa Lee, Senior Interior Designer of Snøhetta; Sarah Carney, Project Director of CTRL Space; and, Byron George, Director of Russell & George.
As far as noteworthy directions, sage and blush hues emerged as a strong colourway in a range of projects and there were also numerous outstanding examples of commitment to a single colour. This demountable bookshopwithin the century-old Postal Hall at the heart of Perth’s State Buildings complex, is a wonderful example.