2020 Dulux Colour Awards winners announced

A new level of innovative and considered use of colour has been achieved by the exceptional winning projects in the 34th Dulux Colour Awards, which were announced on the Dulux website.

Recognising the most cutting-edge and creative applications of colour across six categories of architecture and design, the renowned industry awards program attracted more than 450 entries from Australia and New Zealand.

“The level of sophistication, creativity and masterful use of colour continues to rise each year,” noted Dulux Colour and Communications Manager Andrea Lucena-Orr. “Architects and designers are becoming increasingly bold and adept at employing paint as an integral element in the design of both internal and external spaces and this is evident across all the winning projects.”

The judging panel, comprising five leaders in the architecture and design industry – Adele Winteridge, Director of Foolscap Studio; Jean-Pierre Biasol, Director of Biasol Design Studio; Jonathan Richards, Director of Richards Stanisich Architecture; Kathryn Robson, Director of Robson Rak Architects & Interiors; and Toni Brandso, Director of New Zealand’s Material Creative – was unanimous in its praise for the calibre of the finalists. They were particularly impressed by the level of ambition demonstrated across such a wide range of project types, from social housing to workspaces and educational facilities.

“We are usually spoiled with extraordinarily creative colour use in private and commercial applications, but to see that same level of ambition and execution in public works signifies an increased recognition of the universal role colour can play in spatial experiences,” said the judges.

UOM Southbank – End of Trip, the Australian Grand Prix Winner and recipient of the Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior Award, epitomises this pursuit of creative excellence. “It is a credit to the architects, Searle x Waldron Architecture, for conceiving a palette like this and committing to the process to see it through. It is hugely remarkable,” said the judges, who were in awe of the outcome.

The NZ Grand Prix-winning project, Social Housing Development Rangiora by Rohan Collett Architects, similarly strived for excellence by using colour to enhance form, thereby turning a building type that is often ordinary into something extraordinary.

“Overall, the high degree of creativity encapsulated in such a vast breadth of architectural genres makes this year’s award winners really stand out,” said Lucena-Orr. “It goes to the heart of our awards program to recognise such vision.”

For more information on the 34th Dulux Colour Awards, visit dulux.com.au/specifier/colourawards


AUSTRALIA: UOM Southbank – End of Trip by Searle x Waldron Architecture

NEW ZEALAND: Social Housing Development Rangiora By Rohan Collett Architects


Winner: ARMITAGE JONES by Bergman &Co.

Commendation: ADAM KANE ARCHITECTS OFFICE by Adam Kane Architects


Winner: ARTS EPICENTRE by Branch Studio Architects

Commendation: DAREBIN ARTS CENTRE by Sibling Architecture


Winner: PERFECT STORM by Green Anvil Co + Killing Matt Woods + Set For Art

Commendation: RUCKERS HILL HOUSE by Studio Bright


Winner: CASUARINA HOUSE by Vokes & Peters

Commendation: SPLIT HOUSE By Pac Studio | New Zealand


Winner: UOM Southbank – End of Trip by Searle x Waldron Architecture

Commendation: Social Housing Development Rangiora by  Rohan Collett Architects | New Zealand


Winner: ASCEND, by Louise Mackay, Sydney Design School

Commendation: HUMP HOUSE – by Ying Ho Shiu (Hiro), RMIT

Commendation: QUEEN VICTORIA PAVILLION- by Michael Ren, University of Melbourne

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