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From Habitat magazine - issue 25

Adventurous colour boldens this year’s awards.

Neutrals category award
Neutrals category award

This year’s winners in the Resene Total Colour Awards show spirited approaches to residential colour use.

The Neutrals category was awarded to Nobbs Radford Architects, for a home that carefully plays off dark and light with a well-constructed palette of Resene Armadillo, Resene Half Tapa and Resene Quarter Rice Cake that allows the playful textures and architectural lines to shine. The judges called it "simply beautiful". The Colour Maestro (runner-up) for this category was given to hungerford+edmunds architects for a sophisticated project that used Resene Half Masala, Resene Half Taupe Grey and Resene Fuscous Grey. It was "relaxing, restful and stylish," said the judges.

The Residential Exterior award went to Xsite Architects for the Seafield Apartments on Milford beach where an elegant scheme of Resene Bokara Grey, Resene Buttered Rum, Resene Stack, Resene Scarpa Flow and Resene House White has turned a non-descript white building into a contemporary project. "The addition of colour has articulated the building and added depth yet is completely respectful of the original building," said the judges.

Colour Maestro (runner-up)
Colour Maestro (runner-up)
Residential Exterior award
Residential Exterior award

The winner of the Residential Interior category was awarded to Aonui Architecture for a Tawa house where strong colour choices like Resene Thunderbird and Resene Endorphin were punctuated throughout, and there was a skilful use of colour in transitional areas. ”A spine of dark brown (Resene Rough N Tumble) is used to perfection and pops of colour are grounded against a background of timber," said the judges. The Colour Maestro (runner-up) for this category was given to Masonry Design Solutions for a beachside home where weathered tones of blue and white (including Resene Powder Blue and Resene White Pointer) create a "soothing and balanced scheme".

Residential Interior award
Residential Interior award
Colour Maestro (runner-up)
Colour Maestro (runner-up)

and the winner is…

The overall winner, receiving the Nightingale Award, and winner of the Education category was RTA Studio for the Tarawera High School project. The colour selections (including Resene Turbo and Resene Raspberry) reflect the rich surrounds and are used to enhance and create a meaningful engagement between home, community and school. The judges said "it was playful without being predictable; cheeky pops of colour have their own identity within the whole... sensitive and extremely well put together."

Nightingale Award
Nightingale award
Colour Maestro award
Colour Maestro award

The Colour Maestro award and winner of the Installation category went to Alexander Sacha Milojevic, Raphaela Rose, Ryan Mahon and Edward Roberts for Daughter of the Swamp, described as 'spectacular' and 'irresistible' by the judges. A palette of three colours (Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Hacienda and Resene Barely There) appears to dance when viewed from different angles.


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