BEST wins at Dulux Colour Awards

Blacktown Exercise and Sports Technology Hub (BEST) by ARM Architecture has won the top award in the Commercial Interior – Public and Hospitality category in the 2024 Dulux Colour Awards.

Six projects were presented with awards and ten with commendations from a pool of 83 finalists. Winners and commendation recipients were announced at an awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 29 May.

Dulux colour and communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr said although building typology and programming differed greatly across entries, recurring trends emerged, including colour blocking and colour saturation.

“Colour blocking has been used to great effect across a number of projects in which spatial boundaries have been defined through colour alone. We are also seeing colour saturation in internal and external applications, which requires a level of commitment, and a deep understanding of colour,” Lucena-Orr said.

The 2024 awards jury comprised Shaun Carter (Carter Williamson); Monique Woodward (Wowowa Architecture); Sarosh Mulla (Pac Studio); Eva-Marie Prineas (Studio Prineas), and Nick Travers (Technē Architecture and Interior Design).

“In a category flush with highly skilled and adventurous projects, the Blacktown Exercise and Sports Technology Hub (BEST) is a standout for numerous reasons.

“ARM is familiar with, and adept at, fulfilling the potential of such programmatic goals. Rather than conforming to the constraints of the educational typology, they energise their buildings with exaggerated geometries and bold colour usage for enormous impact, and BEST is no exception.

“This strategy emphasises the sinuous footprint, highlighting the architects’ strategy to design a piece of architecture best experienced while moving around and through it. The result is heroically impressive.”

–Monique Woodward, judge

See the full list of winners and commendations here.

Image: Associate Director Amber Stewart with the award after the ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 29 May.