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Dulux Colour Awards 2011

April 1, 2011

Elenberg Fraser’s A’Beckett Tower wins top honours at the 2011 Dulux Colour Awards, showcasing the innovative use of colour in architecture.

Elenberg Fraser’s A’Beckett residential tower located in Melbourne’s CBD has won the Grand Prix at the 2011 Dulux Colour Awards, announced this week.

Elenberg Fraser’s design demonstrated an “outstanding use of colour in architecture, used brilliantly to compliment the functionality of the balconies and primary façade, creating identity for the building,” said the judges. The 33-storey tower features screens on the balconies, which create a pixilated pattern when viewed from the street.

The A’Beckett Tower was awarded the 2011 Grand Prix, and also won the Residential Exterior category.

Herbert & Mason Architecture’s Bleu marquee design for the Melbourne Racing Carnival was awarded in the Commercial Interior category, for a fitout that “exemplifies the use of a single colour to give impact and serenity to a temporary entertainment space”.

The ["Burridge Read Residence":http://australiandesignreview.com/projects/20455-Burridge-Read-Residence-David-Boyle-Architect], a beach house in New South Wales designed by David Boyle Architect, won the Residential Interior category. The muted colour palette used throughout the interior of the house has been drawn from the native bush that surrounds the project, creating what the judges called “a series of serene yet interesting spaces”.

The Commercial Exterior category was won by S2F, for their New Ward at the Nambour General Hospital, which features a façade of coloured louvres. “The new ward block has been treated in a sensitive way with a gorgeous range of earthy natural colours from tangerine to bronze,” the judges said. “These muted colours have been used to compliment the bush-land environment.”

Russell + George, a Melbourne-based partnership established in 2010 by Ryan Russell and Byron George, won the Sustainable Interior category for their design for Review: an all-white interior featuring a rich palette of textures that forms a “feminine backdrop” to the clothes on display.

And finally, the student category was won by Gemma Caon’s design for MADS, offering a module design for young designers that brings together contemporary and traditional colours.

Brain Zulaikha said of this year’s shortlisted projects: “While many entrants have used spectrums of colours, what has really stood out is the use of single colour. The variations in shades, both shadows and light, of a single colour in this years entries has made a real mark on the entire competition.”

The Dulux Colour Awards, now in their 25th year, showcase the innovative use of colour in architecture and design projects from across Australia. The Grand Prix winner receives return airfares to New York City to attend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair with transfers and accommodation, along with a $2,000 cash prize.

The 2011 awards were judged by Kerry Phelan, Director of Kerry Phelan Design Office; Fashion Designer Kirrily Johnston; and Brian Zulaikha Director of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and the National President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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