Waterview Wharf Workshops win Resene Colour Awards 2014

Thursday 05 February 2015  |  Posted by: Rod Hanna

Amongst the winners of the Resene Total Colour Awards 2014 was Sydney's Waterview Wharf Workshops with their nod to the Dutch-inspired coloured wharves of tropical Curacao in the Southern Caribbean Sea.

What makes a great building landmark?

For the Waterview Wharf Workshops in Sydney the answer would be colour.

The bold and confident colour palette of these buildings has earned the top honours position in the Resene Total Colour Awards.

wateriew workshops sydney harbour

Resene has a reputation and long history based on innovation and colour

The development of colour throughout the years has seen the range extend from a small handful when Resene started more than 65 years ago to a full range that includes mulitiple hues within any one given colour spectrum.

To celebrate this fullness of range the Resene Total Colour Awards were launched as a means to encourage and celebrate excellence and creative use of colour that includes striking colour palettes and combinations that provide fresh inspiration.

The range of awards on offer vary and include the best colour use in:

Residential Exterior

Residential Interior

Commercial Exterior

Commercial - Interior Public/Retail

Commercial Interior Office

Commercial Interior Public + Retail Space

Display + Product

Education Junior

Education Senior



Rising Star Collaborative (student)

Rising Star Individual (student) and Lifetime Achievement

Colour Master Nightingale Award for the best overall colour use.

Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award

Resene Total Colour Commercial Exterior Award.

The Waterview Wharf Workshops won the top two awards on offer, i.e. The Resene Total Colour Master Nightingale Award, named after the Nightingale family, founders and current owners of Resene today, this Award recognises excellence in colour and paint use. The second win was the Resene Total Colour Commercial Exterior Award which the judges describe as simply outstanding; a beautiful juxtaposition of colour, unique and strong.

The transformation colour can make

It's amazing the difference paint can make, it can take an otherwise bland exterior and transform it into a standout icon.

The bold use of colour applied to the row of warehouses which prior to transformation blended into the landscape and scarcely rated a second glance are now an eye-catching, new landmark on the harbour.


sydney harbour


sydney wharf buildings

Drawing inspiration from international maritime palettes and undertaking extensive work locally to consult on the colour choices, this colour palette is very carefully thought out and implemented.

It has resulted in the absolute transformational nature of the buildings and provides connectivity to its surroundings.

sydney harbour

The related colourful palette is used perfectly to highlight the unique forms of the building. Symmetry and connectivity is created with a real play on how to manipulate colour to both bring forward and recede, it is a perfect example of how to make paint colour work for you.

From anonymous, shabby and ordinary to simply extraordinary, this is a new iconic view on the harbour and colour applied to its greatest effect.

You just have to stop and look!


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