FREMANTLE resident Simon Pendal was the winner of the multi residential interior category at the Dulux Colour Awards in Victoria.
Dr Pendal has been an architect since 2002 and said his winning project only came together a week before it was due to be completed.
“I felt ecstatic, elated and relived when I won the award,” he said.
“It was a lot of work and took a lot of our time like all of our projects – we give them our all.
“I said to the site supervisor many times that the interior won’t make sense until it’s painted.
“It came together via the application of colour; this had an immediate impact.”
The architect said the house came with many challenges.
“It was filled with detail we don’t normally work with – ornate skirtings, cornices, mouldings etc,” he said.
“Removing these would have been expensive so instead we chose to work with them, treating each room as though it was a ‘plaster cast’, and in many cases adding to this via our own embellishments.”
The Fremantle architect said he hopes to continue his work in the future and push into new territory.
“We specialise in work that is deeply local and we would be very happy to continue in this vain,” he said.
“I also wish to continue my study in bringing land back into a state of health from the 50,000 years of Aboriginal land management.”
He is currently working on projects in Beaconsfield, South Perth and City Beach.