In the 31st anniversary year of the iconic Dulux Colour Awards, limitless imagination and bold execution combined to define the winning projects across nine individual categories.

Announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday 10 May, held in the Touring Hall at the Melbourne Museum, the 2017 winners included standout architectural firm, Sam Crawford Architects with Lymesmith who took home the prestigious Grand Prix prize, in addition to the Commercial Exterior award for his work on the North Bondi Amenities. With its innovative use of colour in the service of public provisions, the project gained the unanimous approval of the judging panel. Student entries similarly impressed, their diverse, experimental approaches highlighting an artistic fearlessness among the growing international talent pool of up and coming creatives.

Dulux Colour Planning and Communication Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, said the 2017 finalists presented works that delivered an entirely unconstrained skew on colour use, in line with this year’s theme of ‘Bold, Forward, Tilted’:“The Dulux Colour Award looks to uncover the most inventive use of colour in built environments across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Each year we look for the submissions that take creativity to new heights and this year’s award winners broke free of all tradition to deliver concepts that truly represent the future of design."

The winners were selected from an overall 286 entries and subsequent shortlist of 89 finalists, by a judging panel of design leaders, including: Ryan Russell, Director at Russell & George; Maurice Terzini, Restaurateur and Fashion Designer; Fiona Lynch, Director at Fiona Lynch Interior Design; Timothy Hill, Director at Partner’s Hill, and Shelley Ferguson, Editor in Chief of Your Home and Garden (NZ).

For more information on the 2017 Dulux Colour Awards and to view the finalists, visit the Dulux Colour Awards website.

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