The 2014 Dulux Colour Awards are now open, welcoming architects, designers, specifiers and students to showcase their creative use of colour in both residential and commercial design.

Now in its 28th year, architects, designers and students are invited to explore how colour complements structural form in their entry submissions.

Dulux Colour & Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, said the Dulux Colour Awards is a prestigious event, which celebrates the design excellence of Australian and New Zealand design professionals.


"Each year, the entries we receive push the envelope on how colour is not only used, but how it's perceived. In 2014, we're looking forward to seeing architects, designers and specifiers, taking it that one step further with their innovative and inspiring application of colour," Lucena-Orr said.

Designed by McCabe Architects and Bird de la Coeur Architects, Atherton Gardens HUB Development, was crowned as the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards Grand Prix and Multi Residential Exterior winner. 

According to Michael McCabe, architectural project director at McCabe Architects, colour played a vital role in the design process of the Atherton Gardens HUB Development.

"We entered last year's Dulux Colour Awards to not only show how the use of colour can  stimulate the daily lives of those living in social housing, but also to promote how colour can assist with how a building is perceived in a heritage context," McCabe said.

The categories in the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards are:

  • Commercial Interior
  • Commercial Exterior
  • Commercial Interior Refurbishment
  • Single Residential Interior
  • Single Residential Exterior
  • Multi Residential Interior
  • Multi Residential Exterior
  • Residential Interior Refurbishment
  • Student
  • Grand Prix

Each category winner will receive AU$1,000 in prize money and a trophy. All entries, except for the student category, will also stand the chance of taking out the Grand Prix title. The Grand Prix winner will receive AU$1,500, a trophy and a trip to a feted design event.

The 2014 Dulux Colour Awards winners will be announced at a gala function in March 2014.

Entries are open now until 6 February 2014. 


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