I’m thrilled to announce that I won the Resene Landscape Colour Maestro Award 2017!
Held in Auckland at the ANZ Viaducts Centre in the groovy Wynyard Quarter, I was humbled that my project was among so many amazing projects – including the Harewood Underpass by Mike Thomas of Jasmax Architects; Spitaki House by Lovell & O’Connell Architects; and Victoria University Business School: Rutherford House Redevelopment by Sophie Vial, Athfield Architects Limited. Tuturu by Sandy Adsett of MTG Hawke’s Bay, won the prestigious Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award.
“Taking inspiration from the environment, this project embraces the colours of international maritime flags to connect the park to the harbour that laps gently at the shore. Like follies in a garden, the bright colours draw you in to picnic and enjoy the spaces. For those passing through they are an uplifting shot of colour to brighten the day.”
As an evidence-based colour/design consultant, I initiated this project as I was keen to reactivate Kesterton Park in North Sydney and encourage greater engagement, especially among local children. The design was inspired by maritime signalling traditions. The vivid colour scheme linked with the colours of the children’s playground at the northern end of the park as well as yacht spinnakers and the colours of the natural surroundings – Jacaranda blossoms, blue water, green grass and yellow sunshine.
Resene Lumbersider paint was specified as this is a highly durable, environmentally-sustainable paint suitable for the Sydney Harbourside location. Resene colours included: Adrenalin (orange), Havoc (red), Smitten (pink), Happy (yellow), Left Field (green), Fuchsia (purple) and Point Break (blue).
Colour in the built environment can do way more than simply enhance aesthetics. Colour and contrast improve environmental visual literacy. In addition, colour can ‘humanise’ commerical and industrial environments, encourage engagement, activate areas that may seem neglected, abandoned or under-utilized. Evidence-based colour strategies can also support and enhance orientation and wayfinding initatives.
To view all the Award winning projects, go to Resene’s Total Colour Awards website
Award winners are also on the ArchitectureNOW website