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The 2021 Dulux Colour Awards Winners!

Interiors

It’s no secret we LOVE a colourful moment here at TDF, the best of which are always showcased in the Dulux Colour Awards.

The 2021 winners of these annual awards have just been announced, providing the dose of design inspiration we all need right now!

From sophisticated duck blue home interiors to a striking forest green office building, these projects are a powerful reminder of the role colour plays in enhancing our mood and environment.

Take a look at our favourite projects and all the winners below!

1st September, 2021

Erskine House by Kennedy Nolan, winner of Residential Interior. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Erskine House by Kennedy Nolan, winner of Residential Interior. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Erskine House by Kennedy Nolan, winner of Residential Interior. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Erskine House by Kennedy Nolan, winner of Residential Interior. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Erskine House by Kennedy Nolan, winner of Residential Interior. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Bona Vista by Studio Prineas, winner of Single Residential Exterior. Photo – Chris Warnes. Styling – Anna Delprat

Bona Vista by Studio Prineas, winner of Single Residential Exterior. Photo – Chris Warnes. Styling – Anna Delprat

22 William by SJB, winner of Grand Prix Australia and Commercial & Multi Residential Exterior. Photos – Matthew Densley

Engawa House by Arcke, commended project in Single Residential Exterior. Photo – Andy Macpherson Studio

Engawa House by Arcke, commended project in Single Residential Exterior. Photo – Andy Macpherson Studio

Engawa House by Arcke, commended project in Single Residential Exterior. Photo – Andy Macpherson Studio

South Yarra Apartment by Rosanna Ceravolo Design, commended project in Residential Interior. Photo – Sean Fennessy

South Yarra Apartment by Rosanna Ceravolo Design, commended project in Residential Interior. Photo – Sean Fennessy

South Yarra Apartment by Rosanna Ceravolo Design, commended project in Residential Interior. Photo – Sean Fennessy

South Yarra Apartment by Rosanna Ceravolo Design, commended project in Residential Interior. Photo – Sean Fennessy

66 Wentworth Avenue by Welsh + Major, winner of Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail. Photo – Ben Guthrie

66 Wentworth Avenue by Welsh + Major, winner of Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail. Photo – Ben Guthrie

Divided House by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, commended project in Residential Interior. Photos – John Gollings

Amelia Barnes
Wednesday 1st September 2021

Out of 437 entries and 105 finalists, the eight winners of the 35th Dulux Colour Awards have been announced!

Winners and commendations across the award’s seven categories were awarded at a live streamed gala event last evening. Collectively, these projects represent the most innovative and creative uses of colour across Australia and New Zealand design over the past 12 months.

Taking out the overall Australian Grand Prix award was 22 William by SJB, which also won the Commercial & Multi Residential Exterior category. The building’s facade, made up of existing brick and perforated screening, features bold jungle green gesturing a sense of play in the largely industrial Sydney suburb of Beaconsfield. Dulux Spinach Green was selected for the perfect balance of richness to contextually complement the leafy street tree canopies and city’s street signage.

A New Zealand Grand Prix prize was also awarded to Central Hotel by Naumi Hotels for its bold, whimsical and intriguing interior design by Undercurrent

Kennedy Nolan’s Erskine House won the Residential Interior for their playful yet sophisticated approach to modernising a Victorian home. Starting with a cool and calming colour palette including Dulux Duck Egg Blue, Banksia, and Red Capital, the project is a cohesive home that triggers positive memories, and helps create new ones.

Rounding out the residential winners was Bona Vista by Studio Prineas, which won the Single Residential Exterior award. This project’s colour palette including Dulux American Mahogany and Reddy Brown pays homage to the identity of the original Federation bungalow house in line with heritage guidelines, while allowing for the practicalities of contemporary living. The result is a surprising and memorable volume, articulated by partially obscured skylights filtering natural light. 

Congratulations to all the winning designers!

2021 Dulux Colour Awards winners

Grand Prix

Australia winner: 22 William – SJB
New Zealand winner: Central Hotel – Naumi Hotels

Residential Interior

Winner: Erskine House – Kennedy Nolan
Commendation: Divided House – Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Commendation: South Yarra Apartment – Rosanna Ceravolo Design

Single Residential Exterior

Winner: Bona Vista – Studio Prineas
Commendation: Engawa House – Arcke

Commercial & Multi Residential Exterior

Winner: 22 William – SJB
Commendation: RMIT Rodda Lane – Sibling Architecture

Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail

Winner: 66 Wentworth Avenue – Welsh + Major
Commendation: DAS Studio – DAS Studio
Commendation: Beauty Block – Bergman & Co.

Commercial Interior – Public & Hospitality

Winner: Surfside Primary School – Sibling Architecture
Commendation: Poodle Bar & Bistro – Bergman & Co.

Student

Winner: Installation Art – Joanne Odisho, RMIT University
Commendation: Cremorne Mesh House – Ying Ho Shiu, RMIT University

Visit the Dulux Colour Awards website for more info

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