nightingale village
Nightingale Village by Wowowa and Breathe Architecture

After a little over a year the Nightingale Village in Melbourne’s Brunswick is ready to commence.

The project follows the now well known Breathe Architects’ Nightingale model for designing and building residential buildings that are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable, out to a village scale. Like the other projects the Village will uses equity investors to raise funds and places a cap on profits.

After the success of the nearby Nightingale 1 and The Commons, a collective of seven architects decided to scale up the concept and buy up the entirety of Duckett Street for the project of seven apartment buildings.

Each apartment block has been designed by different architects, with all seven working in close collaboration through a masterplan for the village.

Glimpses of the proposed apartment blocks emerged last year, with the ballot for Breathe Architect’s Sky House opening last year (it’s now closed). The ballot for Hayball’s CRT+YRD (pronounced courtyard) will open in March 2019.

The village will have a combined solar PV array, embedded network, grey water system, water sensitive urban design, central heat pump / hot water and be designed to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

On top of that, each architecture firm has put its own spin on the ultra-sustainable brief. 

Hayball’s CRT+YRD, for instance, is named after its large central courtyard that offers light and cross ventilation for the majority of apartments. 

Most of the designs reference the industrial heritage of the street in some way, but Austin Maynard Architects plan to recycle bricks from the existing warehouse in its building. 

Kennedy Nolan’s project includes two separate garden areas, one a “sky garden” with dense vegetation to relax in and another with shared facilities such as communal dining. 

True to the Nightingale model’s principle of sharing certain amenities, there are plenty of communal laundries and clotheslines, communal dining spaces, BBQ facilities and vegetable patches scattered throughout the designs. The apartment buildings are also set back in some places to create communal “mews” for people to interact and meet.

Nightingale Village, Duckett Street by Clare Cousins Architects
Nightingale Village Duckett Street by Kennedy Nolan
Nightingale Village, Duckett Street by Hayball.
Austin Maynard Architects

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  1. Great news and well done to all.

    A couple of questions, one about water, one about living costs.

    What happens to rainwater, stormwater and sewage? Is there a fact sheet or quantities for each of these water elements?

    And what are the anticipated living costs per person for water, electricity, gas both in fixed charges and usage costs?

    It would be terrific to have fact sheets for these projects to enable comparisons, industry and design development – I hope that’s possible?

    Thank you all, Michael