A+W NZ Dulux Innovation Tour 2018

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12 June 2018

Recently Dulux NZ provided the platform for a few wonderful days in Melbourne for several of our A+W.NZ 2017 Award finalists – Natasha Markham, Jade Kake and Briar Green. The Dulux Innovation Tour is a unique opportunity for selected A+W.NZ Award finalists to gain an insight into the Melbourne Architectural sector, with a focus on the rich architectural history and transformational nature of the city of Melbourne today.

The Innovation tour itinerary included visits to:

·         Eureka Tower which provided a  scope and scale perspective of the Melbourne City built environment

·         Clare Cousins Architectural practice visit hosted by Clare Cousins current National President of AIA.

·         Shrine of Remembrance tour hosted by Andrea Wilson Principal ARM and SOR CEO Dean Lee

·         Dulux Innovation Centre – an inside view of the Dulux colour landscape and the innovation process that drives the Dulux brand.

·         Palais Theatre – the iconic theatre built in 1927 and recently restored using Porters Paints (Porters Paints is owned by Dulux Group)

·         Melbourne School of Design – (University of Melbourne) hosted by Stephen Georgalas Senior Project Leader at JWA and MSD Andrew Middleton UM Development Manager

·         Nightingale Project - hosted -  Bonnie Herring, Breathe Architecture Director. A world in which contemporary urban housing is built to support wellbeing, community and liveability.

·         Dulux Colour Awards – the 32nd annual awards held at the National Gallery of Victoria - attended by in excess of 200 guests.

Here Jade Kake reflects on the tour;

The study tour was an interesting experience for me, having previously attended architecture school in Brisbane, Australia and having previously living in Melbourne (albeit close to a decade ago).

The use of bold colours and textures in Australian architecture is a lot more pronounced (I think we favour a much more subdued palette) and it was very noticeable to me on this visit.

Nightingale was a highlight for both the architect-led development model and quality of the design. The project makes a strong statement about how we might live more sustainably and be better connected to each other within the urban environment, though it did cause me to pause and think, high-end finishes aside, why shouldn’t developer-led and social housing be of comparable design quality?

The Innovation Centre was a surprising delight – who knew paint science was so interesting? Conversations around colour caused me to consider how I might use colour in my own work, with an emphasis on capturing local and specific colours and textures from the natural environment of Aotearoa.

It was a whirlwind few days with lots to consider and reflect on, though the thing I think I enjoyed most was getting to know and spending time with the other women on the tour.

A visit with Clare Cousins Architects

Andrea Wilson (ARM) Shrine of Remembrance

MAKE Architects (Mel Bright)

Fairly Batch (Breathe Architects) Nightingale 1