The Atherton Gardens HUB Development has taken out the Grand Prix title in the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards for its combined use of pattern and colour to create a rich tapestry effect.
The striking new social housing complex in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy includes a family and children's hub on the ground level.
"Atherton Gardens HUB Development exhibited exceptional bold use of colour on the external facade of the balconies, which in turn created a vibrant impact and strong contrast against the white external walls," judges said.
A record 229 entries were submitted and winners were announced at a function in Melbourne this week.
The Atherton HUB was co-designed by McCabe Architects and Bird de la Coeur Architects and was also crowned the winner of the Multi-Residential Exterior category.
The judging panel was headed by McBride Charles Ryan principal Debbie Ryan, Dana Tomic Hughes, the editor of interior design blog Yellowtrace, Melbourne street artist Adrian Doyle, and New Zealand fashion designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet.
The Port Phillip Housing Association's new building in St Kilda, designed by MGS Architects, was the Multi-Residential Interior winner.
"[Its] ingenious palette of colour elevated the project from only existing in a realm of mundane and ordinary into a much more exciting, engaging interior space," the judges noted.
A residence in Queen Street, St Kilda East, was named Single Residential Interior winner for its use of colour that created a sense of play in the internal spaces.
The diverse selection of colours injected personality into the residence, successfully capturing the reflections from bright accents to wash the white walls with colour, the judges said.
Annandale House in Sydney, a renovation designed by CO-AP Architects, won the Single Residential Exterior category.
Judges were impressed by the subtle, cohesive and sophisticated use of colour, which successfully engaged the exterior with the interior.
The facade of the Wintergarden Shopping Centre in central Brisbane took out the Commercial Exterior prize for its "beautiful optimism" and "butterfly-like paradise" display.
Highly commended was the Knox Innovation Opportunity and Sustainability Centre by architects Woods Bagot.
The John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School in Western Australia was acknowledged as Commercial Interior winner.