2012 Dulux Colour Awards

March 29, 2012

The Royal Children’s Hospital wins the Grand Prix at the 2012 Dulux Colour Awards.

The winners of the 26th annual Dulux Colour Awards were unveiled at an awards ceremony held at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on Wednesday 28 March.

The Royal Children’s Hospital designed by Bates Smart Architects & Billard Leece Partnership was awarded the Grand Prix, and also won the Commercial Interior category, for a project that cleverly integrated colour throughout the building’s design.

RCH, Bates Smart and Billard Leece


“The Royal Children’s Hospital’s colour palette is dynamic, complex and richly researched. Colour has been effectively and comprehensively integrated into the building to enable way finding throughout. With a base palette drawn from Royal Park to define various parts of the hospital, the colour schemes for different floor levels have also been taken from different regions around Victoria to give variation and richness to the experience of the children, staff and visitors of the building,” said the jurors.

The nine winners of the awards were selected from 217 entries. Judge Peter Maddison said entries were assessed according to “the inventive use of colour, and how it effects our emotions”.

Nixon Tulley Fortey Architects, Open House


A children’s cubby house built for the 2011 Kids Under Cover Cubby House Challenge – a fundraising project organised by charity, Kids Under Cover – was the winner in the Single Residential Exterior category, and received a commendation in the Single Residential Interior category. Designed by Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture P/L, the playful Open House was likened to a “ribboned jewellery box”, enlivened by a series of bold green stripes that emphasise the building’s timber cladding.

Room11 Architects, GASP


Room11 Architects’ project at the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP) in Elwick Bay, Tasmania was the winner of the Commercial Exterior category. Colour is used in the project to reinvigorate a walkway within the park into a striking piece of infrastructure, with jurors impressed by the manner in which the walkway transforms the users’ experience of the bridge.

Shakin Stevens, by Matt Gibson A+D


A renovated residence in Melbourne’s Richmond called Shakin’ Stevens was the winner in the Single Residential Interior category. Matt Gibson Architecture + Design’s project uses green elements throughout the interior to provide a “dramatic and clear solution”, said the judges.

Drill Hall Community Housing, MGS Architects


The two new multi-residential awards – Multi-Residential Interior and Multi-Residential Exterior – were also presented to a Melbourne project. The Drill Hall Community Housing project by MGS Architects, which reinvigorates a former drill hall near the Queen Victoria Markets, features a vibrant exterior skin and an interior palette that accentuates the remnants of the original building.

The Venny, City of Melbourne


The Venny, a communal backyard and play area for school children designed by the City of Melbourne, was the winner of the Sustainable Interior award. Colour is brought to life in the Kensington-based project, with block colours on roller shutter doors transforming into a “delightful, whimsical” swirling motif on the floor – used as a canvas to display community artwork.

Kiang How Tan, Urban Renaissance


This year’s student winner was Kiang How Tan from RMIT, whose project Urban Renaissance – Atherton Gardens RE – Commission uses colour to create a sense of community and identity. Jaxsun Plumley & Anastasia Sklavakis from the University of Melbourne were commended in the Student entries, for their project ColourPlay.

Commended projects at this year’s awards included McBride Charles Ryan’s Penleigh and Essendon Grammar – Junior School for Boys, Aesop Claremont by Russell & George, Elenberg Fraser’s Vue de monde and Searle x Waldron Architecture’s Annexe at the Art Gallery of Ballarat – all commended in the Commercial Interior category.

ARM’s RMIT University Building 22 was commended in the Commercial Exterior category, while design.spec’s The Church in New Zealand was commended in the Single Residential Exterior category.

This year’s judging panel included Grand Designs presenter and architect Peter Maddison, interior designer and Colourways managing consultant Kim Chadwick, stylist and blogger Lucy Feagins, and architect Jeff Fearon.

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