Projects demonstrating ambitious and innovative use of colour in the built environment were awarded at last night’s 2022 Dulux Colour Awards in Melbourne.
The winning projects were selected from 103 finalists from Australia and New Zealand, for their exceptional display of colour and commitment to creativity and originality in design.
Dulux Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr said the awards program recognises the epitome of colour use in design and architecture, and it is especially significant that the array of exceptional projects are acknowledged and celebrated this year, given the challenging circumstances in which they were created.
“Not only did we witness some remarkably creative, original projects, but this year we also saw colour strategies that challenged stereotypes, with ambitious programs and unparalleled impact, across a range of building typologies.”
The judging panel agreed that, irrespective of scale, scope or program, in residential, urban or educational contexts, a number of exceptional projects transcended their stereotypes through the highly considered specification of colour.
The Australian Grand Prix winner and recipient of the Commercial Interior – Public and Hospitality Award, the Studio Bright for Monash Robotics Lab, epitomises this.
“Eschewing the clinical, sterile palette typically associated with science facilities, this lab is warm and inviting thanks to a play of earthy tones, colour pops and calming greens,” said the judges.
Similarly, the New Zealand Grand Prix winner and commendation recipient in the Residential Interior category, Pac Studio for Eden View, saw the architects reject a traditional approach to small spaces by saturating its kitchen and bathroom in bright, defined tones.
Even Money Bar, a financial institution with its anti-establishment use of colour, turned tradition on its head to convey a message of warmth, transparency and trust.
Another emerging theme this year was the integration of landscape as a consideration in the architectural response. “We saw natural features inform the palettes of a range of projects, some drawing upon seasonal colours, others creating backdrops for the play of sunlight and shade,” said the judges.
“Overall, there is a resounding level of ambition and conviction in the implementation of colour in conceptual and finished work,” the judges said.
Lucena-Orr concurs: “The degree of sophistication in this year’s award-winning projects is exemplary, a true testament to design professionals’ mastery of colour as an integral design tool. It is also truly exciting for Dulux, as it encourages us to continue to innovate, to strive for excellence and to collaborate with designers and architects to constantly evolve and improve our built environment.”