Captivating colour that beautifully complements the classical architecture wins the Public Trust Building the top colour award in the Resene Total Colour Awards 2021.
In Resene's 75th birthday year, the latest Resene Total Colour Awards have been a true celebration of all things colour. From neutral to bright, pastel to weathered, each winner's palette is distinctively unique in hue, yet all share an excellence in colour selection.
As so many projects have been delayed over the last 18 months, there was a pronounced shift to making the most of what already exists, with many older projects lovingly brought to life with painstaking attention to detail, care and fresh coats of new Resene colour.
Resene has a long history of colour and today's colour range of thousands of hues is a far cry from the handful that was available when Resene started 75 years ago. The Resene Total Colour Awards were launched to encourage and celebrate excellent and creative use of colour; to showcase striking colour palettes and combinations and provide fresh inspiration.
Awards have been given for the best colour use in: Residential Exterior, Residential Interior, Commercial Exterior, Commercial Interior Office, Commercial Interior Shared Space, Commercial Interior Public + Retail Space, Community, Installation - Experiential - Product, Education, Neutrals, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement, with the Colour Master Nightingale Award for the best overall colour use.
Colour Award winners
Colour Maestro award winners
The Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award, named after the Nightingale family who founded and still run Resene today, recognises excellence in colour and paint use. The Award went to:
The Public Trust Building by Three Sixty Architecture.
Also winner of the Resene Total Colour Heritage Award.
The judges said "a proud winner, this building has a captivating presence. The quality of the finishing, the colour palette and the architecture all fit perfectly and are just right. The colours bring out the calibre of the building and feel at one with the strength of the architecture. This project has been treated with years of dedicated effort and respect, holding onto and preserving history with a delightfully classical treatment."
This project uses Resene Blanc, Resene Half Beryl Green, Resene Jaguar, Resene Smoky Green, Resene Sanguine Brown and Resene Wan White.
Te Kōhanga Reo o Ngā Pihi o Te Purapura Pai by Bull O'Sullivan Architecture
The judges said "a warm welcome awaits. Colour is used strategically to highlight and draw attention, carefully placed in context and in consideration of sightlines to enhance the building. It's a purposeful palette that brings together a unique colour combination to provide a distinctive and supportive environment for young minds to explore, flourish and create."
This project uses Resene Bird Flower, Resene Buttercup, Resene Dust Storm, Resene Endeavour, Resene Half Cut Glass, Resene Havoc, Resene Harvest Gold, Resene Lemon Ginger, Resene Marionette, Resene Opal, Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Poppy, Resene Soft Apple, Resene Tangerine, Resene Turkish Delight, Resene Turbo.
Images by Patrick Reynolds.
Huapai District School Block 2 Refurbishment by Rachel Xu, Pacific Environments NZ Ltd
The judges said "this project reinvents space using paint, colour and creative colour blocking to stretch the imagination and support school life. Carefully pairing colour with purpose, each hue helps to reinforce the use of each space. The staff area is a sanctuary wrapped in relaxing calm hues, a far cry from the invigorating fun colour in the creative maker space."
This project uses Resene Alabaster, Resene Mother Nature, Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Spotlight and Resene Unwind.
Images by Barry Tobin.
Colour, Hell of a Good Thing! by Belinda Burke
The judges said "decorative, beautiful, yet practical, this colour concept has been carefully thought through. The colour palette is anchored and persuasive, purposefully celebrating colour with detailed reasoning for its use, balanced with clear finishes. Filled with light and a bright energy, the palette draws on experiences of the past, capturing travel memories in a new application."
This project uses Resene Happy, Resene Marionette, Resene Outrageous and Resene Aquaclear Natural.
Healing by Qun Zhang
The judges said "as if merged in a heady daydream, the colours are viewed in a permeable way in context with the view that lies beyond. The palette wraps in the spirit of the landscape with a lightness and ethereality that truly delights the senses and feeds the soul in a gloriously uplifting way."
This project uses Resene Aqua Squeeze, Resene Daredevil, Resene Envy, Resene Feijoa, Resene Half Smalt Blue, Resene Pumice, Resene Spanish Green and Resene Wild Thing.
Galleria Sanctum by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting, St James Whitting
The judges said "colour purposefully defines each space to embue it with its own mood and personality. Careful consideration of sightlines from one room to the next takes you on a curated colour journey. The artwork and the colourways play off each other, providing a perfect environment in which the beauty of the artwork flourishes."
This project uses Resene Alabaster, Resene Atomic, Resene Kudos, Resene Lusty, Resene Timekeeper and a custom made colour.
Images by Marian Riabic. › Find out more about this project
College Street Apartment by Shaw & Shaw Architects
The judges said "cosy but not closed in, this project achieves a lot in a small space, working mindfully with the age of the property to enhance each space while still being sympathetic to its era. With a focus on easy living, the colours come together into a sophisticated palette with memorable touches of colourful surprises."
This project uses Resene Alabaster, Resene Blanched Pink, Resene Desert Yellow, Resene Emerald Green, Resene Pelorous, Resene Pitch Black and Resene Quarter Powder Blue.
Pymble House by Belinda Edmunds, hungerford + edmunds
The judges said "this home has a well-defined personality with its strong horizontal features emphasised through accent colour. The hues are chosen thoughtfully and in sympathy with the environment linking together the public and private faces of this home, culminating in a creative riot of colour on the poolside mural for added frivolity and fun."
This project uses Resene Adrenalin, Resene Bokara Grey, Resene Dauntless, Resene Dynamite, Resene Eighth Masala, Resene Half Resolution Blue, Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream, Resene Retro, Resene Spotlight and Resene Triple Masala.
Images by Murray Fredericks.
Skylark Cabin by Barry Connor, Barry Connor Design
The judges said "colours and materials are juxtaposed to accentuate their beauty. The dark wood stain cleverly plays off the rocky landscape, while the burnt bold orange accents harness the smouldering heat of a volcano to frame features. It's a colour-fuelled reminder to us all that colour brilliance is not just the colours you choose but how you choose to embrace them through the architecture."
This project uses Resene Pitch Black and Resene Vesuvius.
Images by Dennis Radermacher. › Find out more about this project
Whare Koa Māngere Community House by Burgess Treep & Knight Architects
The judges said "bringing the voices of many together, this is truly a happy place - where all ages and all cultures can mix and mingle in a vibrant environment. The colour draws attention to the age of the house then elevates and embraces it with a welcoming hug of hues, inviting in all. It's brimming with love, pride, community and the warmest of warm fuzzies."
This project uses Resene Adrenalin, Resene Alabaster, Resene Blue Chill, Resene Cobalt, Resene Colour Me Pink, Resene Envy, Resene Half Spanish White, Resene Kashmir, Resene Smitten and Resene Wild Thing.
Image by Emilio Garcia.
Kopupaka Reserve Playground by Nina Rattray and Claire Leisching, Auckland Council
The judges said "colour has been used to activate and elevate this space for all to enjoy. The hues go beyond a predictable playground palette while still bringing together a colourful bouquet that is lively and inviting. With many elements touched by colour, it comes together in a subtle symphony of colour that dances gently from one structure to the next defining each area without overwhelming it."
This project uses Resene Banjul, Resene Clover, Resene Dingley, Resene Green Leaf, Resene Pohutukawa, Resene Roadster, Resene Shark, Resene Soft Apple and Resene Sundown.
Images by Kane McFadden.
Wairoa River Bridge by DC Structures Studio & Brian Perry Civil
The judges said "there's more to this project than meets the eye. For a structure where grey would have been an easy default option, this bridge pushes the boundaries - going bold with colour where so many have gone bland before it. While navigating the requirements of multiple stakeholders, structural needs and the approval process, the palette provides a fluid connection between water and movement with a clear distinctive personality from the roadway running alongside."
This project uses Resene Guru.
Images by Dan Crocker.
SCION Innovation Hub - Te Whare Nui o Tuteata by RTA Studio and Irving Smith Architects
The judges said "strength in architecture and painstaking care has ensured no detail has been overlooked. The palette preserves and showcases the structure, with whitewash, clear finishes and neutrals allowing the timber elements to take centre stage. It's a sophisticated integration of colour and architecture, with a continuity that connects each space and plays with light and movement."
This project uses Resene Black, Resene Bokara Grey, Resene Rice Cake, Resene Rock Salt and Resene Aquaclear.
Images by Patrick Reynolds. › Find out more about this project
Beachlands House by Lisa Day, Donnell Day Architects
The judges said "a lovely backdrop to beach life, the neutral colour palette works beautifully with this light-filled home, where the hue strength and tone have been adjusted to suit each space and view. It's lyrical and melodious, encouraging your eyes to slowly meander over the space and enjoy how the colour interacts with the lighting, texture and the cast of shadowing from the panelling. A perfectly composed palette."
This project uses Resene Double Alabaster, Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Double Foundry, Resene Foggy Grey, Resene Foundry, Resene Half Ecru White, Resene Half Fuscous Grey and Resene Quarter Ecru White.
Images by Jessica Chloe Photography. › Find out more about this project
Nohonga: Bioluminescence by Anna Li and Topsy Steele, Boffa Miskell
The judges said "whether viewed from inside or out, the palette of this creatively imaginative nohonga harnesses the natural phenomenon of glowing luminously and irresistibly. The colour rhythmically ascends over the classical architectural framework drawing you deeper into the spiral and encouraging you to sit, linger and enjoy being surrounded in the beauty. The work is graceful and dynamic, but still breathes."
This project uses blends of Resene Hullabaloo and Resene Woodsman Whitewash.
De la Milpa a la Mesa – A Mexican Food Journey by Lee Davidson and Krissy O'Connor, Victoria University of Wellington/Dare To – Special Projects Agency
The judges said "a fiesta of colour, this exhibition wholeheartedly embraces bold colour in a celebration of Mexican culture. Working with a wonderful base of masterful and over-scaled papier mache, the design team has taken a no holds barred approach to colour to capture the imagination of visitors, encouraging them to actively get involved with the interactive parts of the exhibition that have been wrapped into the feast of colour."
This project uses Resene Cherrywood, Resene Citron, Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Cleopatra, Resene Float, Resene Golden Glow, Resene Horses Neck, Resene Irresistible, Resene Jordy Blue, Resene Mexican Red, Resene Pirate Gold, Resene Shark, Resene Smoulder, Resene Teak, Resene Untamed and Resene Wild Thing.
Image by Victoria University Photographer.
gin gin – cocktail bar + eatery by Brett and Hollis Giddens
The judges said "splashed inside and out in a cocktail of intoxicating colour, the palette entices you inside you with a tantalising taster of what lies within. The quality of the fitout is unquestionably top shelf. It makes the most of the architecture with a bold palette of colours carefully intertwined with each other for a daring sense of occasion."
This project uses Resene Madison, Resene My Pink, Resene Permanent Green and Resene Shilo.
Images by Sarah Rowlands. › Find out more about this project
Waffle Haus by Steve Rosling, Element17
The judges said "yum! Tantalising and tasty, the fun placement of these colours gives a sense that this building is literally drizzled with colour, oozing chocolate from top to toe. The colour is ever so carefully wrapped over all spaces, with pipes and rails that are reminiscent of striped paper straws. It's a totally delicious escape from reality."
This project uses Resene Brown Pod, Resene Niagara and Resene Riptide.
Cricket Museum Stand Restrengthening by Shand Shelton
The judges said "handsome and distinguished, this entirely appropriate colour palette showcases the architecture of the building. With so much physical ornamentation the colour has been used judiciously to subtly highlight the details, so you appreciate it in its totality. The lighter palette is entirely appropriate for a summer-focused game and a desirable calming force in the midst of busy city life."
This project uses Resene Barista, Resene Bedrock, Resene Double Blanc, Resene Eighth Joss, Resene Half Blanc, Resene Half Joss, Resene Hinau, Resene Hukanui, Resene Lattitude, Resene Nocturnal, Resene Taupe Grey, Resene Woodsmoke, Resene Aquaclear, Resene FX Paint Effects and Resene FX Pearl Shimmer.
Image by Woolf Photography and Mike Haydon. › Find out more about this project
'As One Door Closes, Another Opens' by Will Cooke
The judges said "this explosion of colour brightens up and demands attention of a once white space. The clever large-scale design is perfect to appreciate when viewed at a distance, while the ‘doors’ welcome you in and invite you to look a little closer. It's vibrant, unexpected and just the colour needed to brighten each day."
This project uses Resene Charlotte, Resene Confederate Grey, Resene Cupid, Glamour Puss, Resene Glorious, Resene Happy, Resene Half Spray, Resene Hit Pink, Resene Melanie, Resene Smitten, Resene Scrumptious, Resene Southern Cross, Resene Supernova, Resene Tropical Blue, Resene Twilight and Resene Wewak.
Images: Chris Southwood, City of Sydney. › Find out more about this project
New Zealand Bus Head Office & Operations Centre by StudioPritchard
The judges said "a home away from home, this office space brings the comfortable feel of working from home into a supportive environment for staff to enjoy their workdays. Colour supports the office design with sympathetic and mindful colours that transition with ease from one space to the next. The hand-painted mural delves into the detail, cleverly celebrating the company's key role and pride in keeping the city moving."
This project uses Resene Apple Blossom, Resene Cutty Sark, Resene Eighth Sea Fog, Resene Space Cadet, Resene Triple Concrete, Resene Unwind, Resene Aquaclear Natural and a range of Resene testpot colours.
Images by David Straight.
Cosmic Corner Headquarters by Daniel Sullivan, Common Ltd, with Jenna Ingram
The judges said "joyful and creative, the colour selection and placement feel true to the brand's energy and vibrancy. It plays on the psychology of colour, cleverly using energetic colour in the meeting room to spark ideas and encourage energy moving through to more restrained choices in chill out areas. This colour palette completely brings this office space to life."
This project uses Resene Awash, Resene Casal, Resene Green Meets Blue, Resene Half Turbo, Resene Pitch Black, Resene Quarter Tapa, Resene Rouge, Resene Shadowy Blue and Resene Wan White.
Images by Sarah Rowlands.
The Public Trust Building by Three Sixty Architecture
Also winner of the Resene Total Colour Nightingale Award
The judges said "Very serene, beautiful and so distinguished, there is something indescribably magnetic about this building. The palette and project are perfectly paired - glorious, grand and together they combine as a fitting way to honour the work of one of Christchurch's greatest architects. The colours emphasise the historical façade and features in an enduringly appropriate amalgamation."
This project uses Resene Blanc, Resene Half Beryl Green, Resene Jaguar, Resene Smoky Green, Resene Sanguine Brown and Resene Wan White.
Grand Casino Dunedin by Annie Simpson King, Simpson King Design
The judges said "this project was designed to bring back the ‘wow’ and bring back the ‘wow’ it has. The sumptuous colour palette and metallic hues play to the decadence and opulence of a grand night out. Richly layered, it's testament to the passionate purpose to recapture and enhance this grand building's beauty to appeal to the guests of today."
This project uses Resene Alabaster, Resene Gold, Resene Gold Dust, Resene Half Tea, Resene Pure Pewter and Resene Tea.
Images by Nourished Studio.
Napier Antique & Jewellery Centre by Keri Mason and Raewyn Dailey
The judges said "in true Art Deco style, this palette emphasises the beauty of the building's design period with authentic colour choices. Details are ever so carefully highlighted with painted colour contrasts. The depth and tonality of the colours are balanced beautifully drawing admiring attention to this corner site. It's a joy to see it detailed so well."
This project uses Resene Cape Cod, Resene Sea Fog, Resene Shilo, Resene Tiara and Resene Tiber.