Re­vival of older meth­ods build­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

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,

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