The Dulux Colour Awards 2017 winners were recently announced in Melbourne and celebrated at the Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum.

In the 31st anniversary year of the iconic Dulux Colour Awards, limitless imagination and bold execution combined to define the winning projects across nine individual categories.

The 2017 winners included standout architectural firm, Sam Crawford Architects with Lymesmith who took home the prestigious Grand Prix prize, in addition to the Commercial Exterior award for their work on the North Bondi Amenities.  With its innovative use of colour in the service of public provisions, the project gained the unanimous approval of the judging panel.

Today I share a closer look at the category winners for Single Residential Exterior, Single Residential Interior, Grand Prix and the International award.

 

Single Residential Exterior Winner: Burleigh Street House

 

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Architecture firm/Organisation: ME Architects

Featured Dulux colours: Melon Baby, Ginger Crunch, Stella, Black Water, Duck Egg Blue, Night Life, Indian Summer, Mondrian Blue and White Watsonia

Judging panel comment: Rather than demolishing this building, the job at hand was to retain the existing bungalow and inject a new lease of life to the building. Whilst still reinforcing the historical precedent of the region, the architect has presented a livable colour scheme. This submission demonstrates the importance of why people should be inspired by and explore colour matching.

Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones

 

 

Single Residential Interior Winner: Footscray Apartment

 

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Architect firm/Organisation: BoardGrove Architects

Featured Dulux colours: Natural White™, Black Caviar, Monroe and Colorbond® Dune®
Judging panel comment: To create a joyful apartment renovation in Footscray, Melbourne, the palette was selected to compliment and soften the tones of the existing structure to add warmth and visual interest to the space. Aligning with sensibility by using very muted palettes, this witty and effective design is refreshing.

Photography: Haydn Cattach

 

Grand Prix Winner: North Bondi Amenities

 

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and winner of Commercial Exterior category

Architecture firm/Organisation: Sam Crawford Architects with Lymesmith

Featured Dulux colours: Khaki, Straw, Teal, Opaline and Cootamundra

Judging panel comment: The building’s colour scheme was the result of a collaboration with Sonia van de Haar of Lymesmith – Polychromy who utilised the Australian Standard colour palette. Nodding to the assertive presence of the horizon over Bondi, the datum line created in the building is just one of the well-considered design elements that makes this building work so well within its natural setting. A timeless accomplishment that has been created for the mass, yet is still so beautifully considered.

Photography: Brett Boardman

 

International – New Zealand Winner: Antarctic Heritage Trust – Hillary’s Hut

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Architecture firm/Organisation: Antarctic Heritage Trust

Featured Dulux colours: Pram point, Snow Cat, Ponder, Transmission, Heke, Dieskau, Underbrush, Rose Pink Villa, Sceptre Blue, Dusky, Fanlight, Murray Red and Vivid White™

Judging panel comment: In the middle of a snow storm, finding shelter fast can be the difference between life and death. In 1957, the intense orange and yellow of Hillary’s Hut was a beacon to those caught out by the weather. This submission shows a creative use of heritage colours for the purpose of safety and longevity. The interior design is particularly commended here as the architect has used a different colour for each plane, demonstrating a completeness in the architect’s idea of offering guests a stark contrast to the ice conditions outside.

Photography: Jane Ussher