Dulux Colour Award winners announced

11 May 2018

The 32nd Dulux Colour Awards took place last night at a Gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria, where Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel in WA by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects was awarded the Grand Prix, as well as the Commercial Exterior Award.

Photographer: Peter Bennetts.

The judging panel described the project, which used the subtle sophistication of a suite of coloured panels on the outback community facility, as the perfect balance of colour and volume.

"An exemplary piece of architecture, whose impact is heightened, and even defined by, the considered use of colour, the Fitzroy Crossing Renal Hostel is the clear overall winner of this year’s Grand Prix. The nuanced juxtaposition of contextually inspired hues demonstrates an understanding of the strength of colour and its relevance in the Australian landscape,” says Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects design director Murali Bhaska, who was on the judging panel. 

“Every colour in this project has meaning and, in its remote environmental context as well as its functional context – that is, the building’s purpose – it is stunning. The architects’ resolved use of colour exemplifies its ability to transform a structure and to generate a sense of place, and the level of sophistication in which it is employed here is exceptional.”

The full list of winners is below.

Commercial Interior: Workplace and retail – Abbotsford Studio (Vic) by March Studio

Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality – Wagaya (NSW) by Span Design

Photographers: Andrew Worssam & Jayden Huang

Single Residential Interior – Percy St (Vic) by Bagnoli Architects

Photographer: Ari Hat

Single Residential Exterior – Albert Park curved pleated facade (Vic) by ADEB Architects

Photographer: Jaime Diaz-Berrio

Multi-residential Interior – North Perth Townhouse (WA) by Simon Pendal Architect

Photographer: Robert Frith.

Multi-residential Exterior – 5 Sam Sing Street (NSW) by Collins and Turner Architects and Environa Studio

Photographer: Richard Glover

International – Crimson Education Office (NZ) by OPL

Crimson Education Office (NZ) by OPL

Student – Arcade St (Vic) by Melanie Modafferi, the University of Melbourne


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