A Bright-Yellow Floor Beams New Life Into an Auckland Bungalow

A family’s sunny spirit defines a radiant extension with bold design choices.

The new west-facing extension is wrapped in a mill-finished aluminum skin that changes color throughout the day and seasons. In the summer, the silver facade reflects a rose-colored glow, and in winter it shines a cool blue.

When a family of four asked Auckland-based design practice Pac Studio for help with a home renovation, the architects knew early on that the project would be a joy. “They are wonderfully funny people with a great outlook on life and great, eclectic taste,” says Pac Studio Director Sarosh Mulla of the clients. “From the outset, they wanted the project to be fun and unusual.” The clients’ energy ultimately shaped the design direction, which began with the selection of a single color: yellow.

“The high-gloss yellow imparts a warming reflection over the crisp white walls and the occupants,” says Mulla. “The result is a home that perpetually feels fun, warm, and friendly.”

David St George

A PH 5 Pendant Light by Louis Poulsen hangs above the dining table. Because the floor is bright yellow, all other surfaces and materials are more subdued—from the white walls to the American white oak kitchen cabinetry.

A PH 5 Pendant Light by Louis Poulsen hangs above the dining table. Because the floor is bright yellow, all other surfaces and materials are more subdued—from the white walls to the American white oak kitchen cabinetry.

David St George

“Yellow is fun, yellow is warm, yellow is friendly,” explains Mulla, noting that the practice always tries to tailor each project to each client’s personality, as well as their pragmatic needs and budget. “There is something characteristically lovely about the color, and that’s a characteristic of the clients, too—a couple with two children who seem to be perpetually smiling. Their sunny disposition, adventurous spirit, and love of bold color was the basis for the design.”

The strand board floor is coated with a super-durable multilayer paint system. Its bright yellow hue ties together the new communal spaces, and it gave rise to the project’s name—The Yolk House.

The strand board floor is coated with a super-durable multilayer paint system. Its bright yellow hue ties together the new communal spaces, and it gave rise to the project’s name—The Yolk House.

David St George

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