Announcing The 2020 Dulux Colour Awards Winners!

The winners of 34th Dulux Colour Awards were announced this morning, revealing an innovative and considered use of colour across Australian and New Zealand architecture and design. 

Taking out the Single Residential Exterior Category was the impressive Casuarina House in northern NSW by Vokes & Peters. This breezy, relaxed coastal house is defined by its distinctive use of red painted timber battens, and light coloured bricks. Dulux Capsicum Red was selected for the exterior of the building to offset the light coloured brickwork, and to contrast with surrounding native foliage.

Meanwhile, the Residential Interior award went to Perfect Storm, a unique apartment interior in Sydney, created in collaboration between Green Anvil Co, Killing Matt Woods, and Set For Art. 

In awarding Perfect Storm, the judges noted, ‘The use of a single colour and finish, with the appearance of concrete, on all painted surfaces has a surprisingly warm cocooning effect, which is amplified by the soft curve where walls meet ceilings. It is utilitarian chic at its best – intimate, moody, balanced – and awarded for its simplicity and singularity.’

Ruckers Hill House By Studio Bright received a commendation in the Residential Interior  category for its distinction between old and new in a period home refurbishment. Palettes were devised to reflect the personal nuances of each room’s main occupant: the yellow of a beloved football team, a powder blue for subtle femininity, greens as backdrops for teen paraphernalia, and contrasting pinks and greens in the main bedroom reflecting the owner’s eclecticism. 

The most awarded project of the program was ‘UOM Southbank – End Of Trip’ by Searle x Waldron Architecture, which won both the Grand Prix Australia award (best of the show selected from the individual category winners) and Commercial & Multi-Residential Exterior. This ‘end of trip’ facility with bike storage and change rooms was approached as an opportunity for broader engagement with the surrounding elements, comprising no less than 14 Dulux hues!

Congratulations to all the winners! 

2020 Dulux Colour Awards winners:

Grand Prix Australia Winner

UOM Southbank – End Of Trip (VIC) by Searle X Waldron Architecture

Grand Prix New Zealand Winner

Social Housing Development Rangiora (NZ) by Rohan Collett Architects

Commercial Interior: Workplace & Retail

Winner: Armitage Jones (VIC) by Bergman & Co
Commendation: Adam Kane Architects Office (VIC) by Adam Kane Architects

Commercial Interior: Public & Hospitality

Winner: Arts Epicentre (VIC) by Branch Studio Architects
Commendation: Darebin Arts Centre (VIC) by Sibling Architecture

Commercial & Multi-Residential Exterior

Winner: UOM Southbank – End Of Trip (VIC) by Searle x Waldron Architecture
Commendation: Social Housing Development Rangiora (NZ) by Rohan Collett Architect

Residential Interior

Winner: Perfect Storm (NSW) by Green Anvil Co, Killing Matt Woods, and Set For Art
Commendation: Ruckers Hill House (VIC) by Studio Bright

Single Residential Exterior

Winner: Casuarina House (NSW) by Vokes & Peters
Commendation: Split House (NZ) by Pac Studio


Winner: Ascend by Louise Mackay, Sydney Design School
Commendation: Hump House by Ying Ho Shiu (Hiro), RMIT
Commendation: Queen Victoria Pavilion by Michael Ren, The University Of Melbourne

See more from the Dulux Colour Awards here!


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