The 10 winners of the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards were notable for their exploration of primary colours and the ways in which they combined colour and texture.

McBride Charles Ryan’s ambitious colour palette for The Quays apartment complex won the Grand Prix, the evening’s highest honour, and also won in the Multi Residential Interior and Multi Residential Exterior categories.

The project demonstrated a clever placement of more than 15 boldly applied colours balanced with translucent hues which the judges called a “complementary narrative” and “impactful.”

The Quays

Exploration of colour throughout interiors

“The exterior of The Quays is a bold, yet considerate use of colour. The apartment building stands out amongst the high rise corporate buildings in the Docklands and can be seen as an oversized public art space,” the judging panel said. “The exterior and interior work in complete harmony with each other – a highly commended and considered design feature. Just like the exterior, the interior of The Quays continues to embrace colour, from hot colours in shared spaces to the muted tones in the pool and spa areas.”

Atherton Gardens

2013 Grand Prix Winner: Atherton Gardens

The Quays is located in the New Quays precinct of the Docklands in a prominent corner location. Its intricate geometric architecture makes the project a landmark amongst an array of other multi-residential towers.

Last year, Atherton Gardens HUB Development in Melbourne was awarded the Grand Prix category and also secured the Multi Residential Exterior category. Co-designed by McCabe Architects and Bird de la Coeur Architects, the public housing estate was recognised for its perceptive use of pattern and colour to successfully create a rich tapestry aesthetic.

Bendigo Library by MGS Architects

Commercial Exterior Winner: Bendigo Library by MGS Architects

Bendigo Library by MGS Architects won the Commercial Exterior Award.

“Colour is used to animate the whole form without detracting from the experience of the building, achieved through a bold use of colour in as astute and restrained way,” the panel said of the project.

Bendigo Library was a redevelopment project designed to reactivate the community hub. Along with the refurbishment of the library’s 1970s frontage, MGS utlised people-focused architecture strategies and colour to create collaborative spaces and visually appealing navigation throughout the building.

The Boston Consulting Group

Commercial Interior Winner: The Boston Consulting Group

The win in the Commercial Interior category went to The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney by Carr Design Group.

“The Boston Consulting Group fit out in Sydney balances the use of colour control with playful colour experimentation,” the judges said. “Each space in the office uses colour to seamlessly express its function with pastels used to create calming meeting rooms and vibrant colours used in communal areas to crate an energetic environment. The project also cleverly mixes colour in a unique way and integrates beautifully with a combination of customised graphics.”

Overall, the judges were extremely impressed by the diversity and calibre of professional and student entrants and said they were excited for the future talent of the architecture and design industry.

2014 Dulux Colour Awards

2014 Dulux Colour Awards

As a Grand Prix winner, McBride Charles Ryan will receive AU$1,500 plus airfare, accommodation and entry to an international design fair along with a $1,000 cash prize. Other category winners earned trophies.

The judging panel for the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards included highly-regarded design industry leaders including Elenberg Fraser director Callum Fraser, contemporary artist Geoffrey Carran, musician and entrepreneur Daimon Downey, UNO director of interiors Daniel Dalla Riva, and Denizen and Design Folio publisher and editor-in-chief Claire Sullivan.

The full list of winners includes:

Grand Prix 
Project: The Quays
Architect: McBride Charles Ryan
Commendation: Sunday Apartments by Woods Bagot

Multi Residential Interior
Project: The Quays
Architect: McBride Charles Ryan

Multi Residential Exterior
Project: The Quays
Architect: McBride Charles Ryan

Commercial Exterior
Project: Bendigo Library
Architect: MGS Architects

Commercial Interior
Project: The Boston Consulting Group Sydney
Architect: Carr Design Group
Commendations: Apical Office Fit-out by Duckbuild Architecture
Carnivorous Flowers, Shoes of Prey Concept Store by Stukel Stone
Bar Testoni by Make Creative

Commercial Interior Refurbishment
Project: Australian Catholic University – Raheen Library
Architect: Woods Bagot
Commendation: Skyline Drive In Diner by Luchetti Krelle

Single Residential Exterior
Project: Reach for the Sky
Architect: Saaj Design

Single Residential Interior
Project: Bricolage House
Architect: Breathe Architecture
Commendation: Westgarth House by Kennedy Nolan

Single Residential Interior Refurbishment
Project: 15 Ridley Street, Blairgowrie
Architect: Austin Design Associates

Project: A Tale of Two Sheds
Architect: Lace van Maanen (RMIT University)