Joyful House is a fun and brightly coloured addition to a weatherboard worker’s cottage on the outskirts of Geelong designed by Mihaly Slocombe architects .With the arrival of their third child, the clients asked Mihaly Slocombe to open the rear of the house to provide a variety of light-filled spaces for their energetic young family. The intervention retains original bedrooms, adding new multifunctional living zone that opens onto the back garden. The addition contrasts in colour and form to the original cottage and surrounding streetscape, a black-clad counterpoint to white weatherboard, a refreshing change from the standard box add-on that is all too common today.
The roof structure, ceiling and upper walls of the living room are dipped in Dulux Joyful. Careful window placement helps this bright yellow canopy bounce sunlight into every nook and cranny.