Revival of older methods building
DESPITE its grandeur and artful design, functionality was a given a greater focus in creating Indigo Slam than the average house.
The grand Chippendale residence of White Rabbit Gallery owner Judith Nielson has become an award-winning architectural feat for its innovative approach to simplicity.
As well as taking on the brief to create a “sculpture to be lived in”, Smart Home Studio architect William Smart says Indigo Slam is also built with materials designed to last 100 years.
“I knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime so I invested thousands of hours and designed the house piece by piece,” Smart says. “It’s incredibly handmade. Our plans show each and every brick in its place.”
Robust traditional materials were used throughout the residence with the goal of making it long lasting.
Mechanical controls were used in place of digital ones for operative elements such as the timber blinds.
“We also avoided using paint where we could on all the walls of the house,” Smart says.
The return to old methods is something that Smart says many people are starting to embrace again.
“We’ve had a revival of handmade things and you can find people who love making that stuff,” he says.
People will have a chance to see his handiwork up close on October 3, when Smart leads guided tours through the house as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival.
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William Smart (pictured) is the architect behind Chippendale residence Indigo Slam, which was designed with the brief of a sculpture to be lived in that would last for 100 years,