The Condensery Art Gallery in the historic township of Toogoolawah in the Lockyer Valley has been named the Grand Prix winner of the 2016 Dulux Colour Awards as well as receiving multiple awards for its stunning architecture since its debut last December.
Housed in a big red shed, The Condenserty received a Commendation in the Commercial Interior category, a win in the Commercial Exterior category, and a commendation in The Sunshine Coast Regional Awards for Public Architecture. The jury praised the architecture duo for their “exceptionally clever application of sole colour in varying shades that showcases a beautiful continuity both inside and out.” Brant Harris and Ashley Paine of PHAB Architecture transformed the former Nestle condensed milk factory packing shed into a multi-purpose art gallery by incorporating modern shapes and a carefully selected colour palette that artfully contrasts Toogoolawah’s rural landscape.
Brant said, “the building still looks quite conservative but lives off the complexity of the different colour patterns.”
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said, “The derelict, disused and dilapidated former Nestle condensed milk factory has been reborn into a tremendous venue that will nourish our thriving local arts community.” “Delivering projects like The Condensery helps to keep our important history alive while driving the local economy as Toogoolawah becomes one of the best creative hubs in Queensland,” he added.
The 100-year-old Nestle factory site now features a contemporary art gallery, a sculpture garden, and workshop space. The Condensery currently features art exhibitions by Olga Carolan, Peter Coey, and Tom Manson. The art gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 9am to 2pm.
Words by Kath Usabal
Images by Manson Architectural Photography