Indigo Slam | Architecture | JN Projects


In his 1927 manifesto, architect le Corbusier famously said, ‘A house is a machine for living in.’ When Judith Neilson commissioned William Smart and Smart Design Studio to design her new Chippendale home she wanted a house that was, instead, a ‘sculpture to be lived in’. The house, completed in 2016 and named Indigo Slam, is sculptural both inside and out – the perfect abode for an art collector.

The Building

The residence of Judith Neilson is a sculpture to be lived in. It presents the most spectacular example of contemporary Australian residential architecture.
In Indigo Slam, William Smart was presented with a very unique opportunity to “create something special”. Chances like this often only come along once in a career and he recognised it immediately as a turning point.
Indigo Slam is a home intended to stand the test of time. One of the later additions to the delightfully concise design brief was that it would be built to last at least 100 years. As Smart states “it’s not designed to be replaced”.
The disciplines of beauty and simplicity are present in the finishes of every surface, every piece of joinery. The overall effect makes a journey through the house feel like an artwork.
Indigo Slam has won 18 prestigious architecture and design awards.
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