Indigo Slam stood head and shoulders above the rest of the category. It’s a truly unique project that looks like it could last 100 years, which is exactly what the client, an art collector, gallery owner and philanthropist, wanted. The sculptural forms of the design successfully amplify the home’s robustness, as well as highlight the scheme’s amazing quality of light. There’s a determinedly monastic feel to the interior and this is articulated via a sequence of spaces that are grand in both scale and proportion. Yet there are pockets of intimate domesticity, a gentle reminder that as impressive as this project appears, it is a home to be lived in. The fact it also serves a civic purpose by hosting the client’s gallery events is evidence of the design’s efficiency and flexibility. Indigo Slam has a sense of timelessness and although the design exhibits restraint, the intricacy of detailing and materiality is exceptional. The high level of craftsmanship is obvious – a testament to the project’s many collaborations – including a single furniture designer who produced a bespoke collection fitting for an interior of such artisanal boldness.
A piece of sculpture to be lived in, this project in Sydney’s Chippendale creates an inspiring residence for an art collector. Behind a façade of sculpted concrete, serene living spaces and monumental halls create a dynamic spatial interplay of spare interiors in which the main decorative element is light.