This year, the 36th Dulux Colour Awards has announced its pool of finalists – all 103 of them. And we’ve picked 12 projects that bring colour to the fore.
Dulux looks towards 2022 with hope and optimism – a feeling that is immediately evident in their restorative, bold and uplifting colour predictions for the year ahead.
Bold and unexpected, Markian has recently burst onto our local design radar. And so far, we’re remarkably impressed by what the design brand has to offer.
Woods Bagot serves up the nostalgia of ‘now’ at Melbourne’s new Next Hotel.
The flexible work spaces of RMBL’s new head office, designed by Golden, have transformed the mortgage manager’s conventional practices in favour of an activity based working model.
A new level of ambitious and considered use of colour has been achieved by the exceptional projects recognised in the Dulux Colour Awards 2020.
After receiving over 450 entries, a panel of leading names from Australia and New Zealand’s design and creative industries have selected 107 finalists across both commercial and residential spaces.
From the socially and environmentally sustainable buildings by WOHA, to lessons from Kerry Hill Architects and a taste of Crazy Rich Asians, the Dulux DIAlogue on Tour winners have kicked off in style in Singapore.
Could your office headquarters double as a collective workspace? Kennedy Nolan’s vivid reimaging of 25 King Collective for Excelon Group brings modern functionality to an historic tenancy.
Designed by Stewart Hollenstein, in association with Stewart Architecture, Green Square Library is a vital community space facilitating lifelong learning and helping people connect in an emerging community.
The same blue-sky thinking that underpins Woodside’s energy exploration, development delivery and supply business set the tone for its new global HQ in Perth, designed by Cox Architects and Unispace.
How to make a global tech giant with a transient workforce feel at home? Find out with Sydney’s new Microsoft Technology Centre.
Six major Australian labels, two buildings, one unified workplace. Graydelviered David Jones and Country Road Group a stylish new Melbourne headquarters.
What would Saturday Indesign be without some heated industry discussions? This year didn’t disappoint with 10 talks across 7 locations. If you missed out, don’t worry, we wrap-up the key messages and insights garnered from the industry’s brightest stars.
What does gnocchi, sparkling meteors and Employee of the Month Narelle have in common? Saturday Indesign 2019… What did you miss, or what do you want to relive? We count down some of the highlight moments from our day-long design festival.
Get all the ins and outs for this super busy area of Saturday Indesign – from Church Street down to the Burnley end, there are plenty of design sights and sounds to take in. We explore them all.
Are you a designer that wants to see the design sights of Singapore and Portugal? Entries are now open for the 2019 Dulux DIAlogue on Tour travel program.
Huge names in design have joined the growing list of exhibitors locked in for Saturday Indesign, making it an unmissable one-day design festival.
The annual colour awards recognises outstanding projects that are unafraid to use colour in ever-more clever ways.
Encouraging the evolution of company culture is no mean feat, particularly when said company is in an industry as notoriously conservative as mining. Yet with their new Darling Park office for Yancoal, Hammond Studio managed to do just that.
The dynamic upgrades ARM Architecture made across two buildings at the University of Adelaide are proof that creating effective learning environments is about more than providing practical outcomes for students.
How, as adults, do you design a hospital from a child’s perspective? That was the challenge given to the team behind Perth Children’s Hospital: JCY Architects and Urban Designers, Cox Architecture and Billard Leece Partnership (BLP), with HKS Inc.
The magical Ningaloo Reef experience in North-West Australia now has added dimension with the opening of a classy visitors centre.
Pavilions, hubs, neighbourhoods, precincts and the like are fast becoming a popular staple in the agile workplace diet – but why? In their latest project for Red Energy Melbourne, iconic studio Carr sees the significance of these spaces as allowing users to claw back some personal ownership of their working environment.
When Australian Venue Co approached SJB to renovate Kingsleys – a much-loved, highly regarded Woolloomooloo institution – they asked the practice’s Sydney-based team to design a new interior that personifies Hollywood ruggedness.
The annual Dulux colour forecast is out! Take a peek at the eye candy and make note of what colours are making a splash across the design world.
Chaulk Studio has broken down the walls of traditional closed-off classrooms by creating interconnected and adaptable learning and play spaces for interaction and exploration.
Tecture has used humble and hardy breeze blocks and plywood to create a fresh, youthful interior with subtle references to Make Ventures’ brand identity.
If engaged at the beginning of a business lifecycle, designers can become so much more than the vessels of a new brand. In the case of Escala by Molecule, they have the opportunity to define it.
Capturing the refined exuberance of an expertly poured glass of bubbly, Foolscap Studio’s sumptuously reimagined Domaine Chandon winery brings renewed effervescence to a well-loved Yarra Valley destination.
The National Australia Bank’s (NAB) Brisbane Headquarters, NAB Place, designed by global architecture firm, Woods Bagot, sets a new benchmark in collaborative workplace environments.
With renewed emphasis on collaboration and active participation, Cox Architecture was engaged to renovate St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School’s existing arts precinct – originally built in the 1960s – into the new Innovation and Design Hub.
When builder/developer Mirvac decided half-way through the development process for the EY Centre at 200 George Street, Sydney to move their headquarters into six levels of the building, it was a vote of confidence in their own project.
With a new designer diner in Melbourne’s Collins Street, Eid Goh of ArchitectsEAT and 8bit siblings Michelle and Alan Sam talk brand evolution, the significance of Super Mario and the sophisticated art of casual hospitality.
This artfully composed Melbourne café worships all things materiality. Designed by Melbourne-based studio Architects EAT, we speak with Director Eid Goh on taking our industry’s total obsession with fine materials to the next level, and the value of specifying beyond aesthetic.
Designed by Siren Design, From Here On provides the sophistication of a boutique hotel with the comfort of a luxury apartment in a highly functional and welcoming workplace environment.
Biggie Smalls’ new Windsor restaurant blends street art and hip-hop influences with an elegant New York City diner aesthetic.
Designers are working in an exciting health and aged-care climate where the very definitions of the sectors are being questioned, challenged and redefined. Cox Architecture’s (formerly CODA Studios) joyous and uplifting design of Karratha Central Healthcare is a strong example of a multi-dimensional health facility providing medical services and training opportunities that contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of the regional community.
The oft-opposing principles of medical-based thinking and evidence-based design have long been a sticking point for healthcare designers. The new Bendigo Hospital by Bates Smart and Silver Thomas Hanley shows us they need not be mutually exclusive. There is a sweet-spot to be found. It just takes an intelligent and intuitive design touch.
Vintage design, the Hygge movement, Palm Springs and… empathetic design? Dulux’s Colour Planning and Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, shares the big ideas behind this year’s trending palettes.
Carr Design Group combines corporate, residential and hospitality design principles for a diverse and flexible function space at the Collins Square Events Centre. Have they created the ultimate new design typology for next-gen hospitality? We think yes…
Design that reflects its local environment is a huge focus for practising architects and designers, and Sydney’s Barangaroo development is a hotbed for this kind of thinking. Gilbert + Tobin’s new Barangaroo workplace, designed by Woods Bagot, draws inspiration from the rich history and landscape of the site, while nestling nicely into Sydney’s new commercial identity.
The legal sector has traditionally adhered to a strict workplace hierarchy, with senior staff allotted a private office and entry-level employees assigned to the ‘open-plan’. Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the new head office for New Zealand law firm Russell McVeagh, challenges the antiquated workplace approach with a daring, material-rich agile strategy.
The old-school ‘client showroom’ is in desperate need of a shake-up – but where to start? Designed by Futurespace, PwC’s new Melbourne headquaters is purpose-built to break down traditional barriers between staff and clients. The results are extraordinary.
What defines the luxury resort of 2017? As the goalposts of modern travel continue to shift, Mim Design offers up a vision of post-millenium luxe with the news Sheraton Mirage in Port Douglas. Welcome to resort living 2.0. Determined to balance the exoticism of 1980s glamour with time-honoured contemporary design, Mim Design lobbied for elements of the original hotel to be preserved and even reinstated.
What are the principles and strategies behind designing for incidental staff collisions and chance encounters? Siren Design maps out its creative thinking and approach for Powercor CitiPower’s BEON Energy Solutions, Melbourne: a purpose built workplace which encourages its staff to ‘interact’ and ‘collide’.
What is ‘salon learning’ and how is design responding to this new educational format? Arts West, Melbourne Univeristy’s riotous new Arts Faculty by ARM Architecture and Architectus, reimagines on-campus learning via the philosophy of object-based learning.
When happiness is a valuable currency, is designing emotions a thing? Author and nutritionist Lola Berryand coffee mastermind Salvatore Malatesta have joined forces with Fiona Lynch Design Office to launch Happy Place. A juice bar-café designed to deliver a sense of health and happiness to each and every customer.
How can ‘smart workplaces’ stay flexible when advancements in integrated technology move so quickly? Unispace’s new Melbourne studio exhibits a built-in fluid and mutable working style that transcends the clunkiness of faddish design trends and wire-driven technology.
How does the world’s most influential auditing firm self-audit? Designed by Geyer, the new Deloitte Head Quarters in Perth is a stellar case study for self-analysis and designing for the (sometimes opposing) needs of many in a single space.
Integrated technology might be commonplace in the workplace, but in education spaces it’s still a fairly new phenomenon. At Western Sydney University, Woods Bagot’s vertical campus design raises the bar in more ways than one.
Workplaces are no longer just singular production hubs, but company showrooms used by and with clients. Designed by Davenport Campbell, the new KPMG headquaters in Barangaroo transforms the brave new world of agile working into a workplace to call home.
What happens to a pop-up when the six weeks is over? Designed by ArchiBlox, House of Häagen-Dazs, Melbourne, questions the role of design within ‘throwaway’ culture.
How (and why) is design humanising technology? Melbourne-based H20 Architects bring together man and machine, blurring the lines to ease human discomfort around technology with Swinburne University’s Factory of the Future.
What is interior design’s responsibility in revolutionising aged-care environments? The new Emmy Monash Aged-Care facility in Melbourne’s Caufield has all the luxury commodities of a contemporary multi-residential complex. From thoughtfully considered finishes through to superior shared facilities, no expense has been spared on residents’ comfort and quality of life.
What does it take to redesign a tried and tested model? For centuries, the iconic Australian pub has shaped our country’s communities, quenching the thirsts of millions of Aussies and offering social solace at the end of a long, hard day. This side of the new century, our shifting lifestyles, played out in the concrete jungles of our capital cities, has bred a new brand of beer o’clock. But just how ‘refreshing’ is it?
How are designers problem solving the often opposing needs of the one-size-fits-all space? Harry The Hirer is a solid success story in puzzling together a series of complex needs.
In an era where technology and the ‘digerati’ rules all, we feel a strong need to make close online connections with the world at large. But how does this sense of connectivity and community translate to the physical workplace, and by extension, its design? In Jemena’s new Melbourne headquaters, seven floors and 800+ people have offered up a juicy challenge in exploring how design might create a sense of communal familiarity in a large-scale environment.
How might the agile working model influence the design of education spaces? University of Sydney’s new state-of-the-art Business School presents an interesting experiment.
Siren Design’s quirky and inventive design for Lonely Planet’s new iconic headquarters in Melbourne, is a veritable ‘world on a shoestring’. Let the interactive brand journey begin!
Is hospitality the future of agile working? If it is, the new multi-user focused Ovolo Hotel Sydney, designed by Hassell, is a wondrous glimpse into that future.