Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
Olivia RoundMarch 6, 2019

Nightingale Housing has been given the go-ahead to proceed with its seven-structure complex ‘Nightingale Village’. First covered on in August 2018, the Duckett Street ensemble has been designed by an award-winning collective of Melbourne architecture firms: Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball, Kennedy Nolan and WOWOWA. 

In the spirit of Nightingale Housing’s mission, all designs have a strong focus on community, sustainability and quality of build. To meet demand fuelled by population growth, Nightingale Village has opted for minimal parking spaces to allow for more living areas, and instead incorporated a Car Share facility and ample bike storage. Like other Nightingale projects, the village will be carbon neutral and 100% fossil fuel free.

We have an opportunity to deliver multi-residential housing in cities that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive. What we do can positively impact the urban environment, and promote better health and well-being outcomes.

- Nightingale Housing

Balloting for interested residents is already underway, with the Hayball-designed CRT+YRD the first of the Nightingale Village seven taking registrations. Balloting closes at 6pm on the 13th March with the ballot drawn two days later and successful participants notified thereafter.

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
Nightingale WOW. Credit: Nightingale Housing


Architect: WOWOWA X Breathe Architecture

Located on the corner at 11 West Street (adjacent to the Upfield cycleway), Nightingale WOW brings a sense of vibrancy and colour to its Brunswick site. With an aim to promote communal living, the design offers shared laundry facilities, gardens and social spaces all of which can be found on the rooftop for optimum privacy. The design consists of four vertical towers with space in between to promote natural light and airflow throughout the complex. Unique features include chain-link mesh, sunrooms and metal balustrades which emulate the traditional picket fences found throughout Brunswick. Read more.

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
CRT+YRD by Hayball Architects. Credit: Nightingale Housing


Architect: Hayball

CRT+YRD is a sturdy design to be constructed of concrete, breeze bocks and brickwork which will give the building an organic feel, fitting into the urban neighbourhood effortlessly. A central courtyard will act as a free-flowing light source for the surrounding apartments, and will feature lush planting, seating areas and communal walkways. Rather than designing with a prospective buyer in mind, Hayball has produced a concept that can be modified to suit a differing lifestyles and living requirements. Read more.

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
Nightingale CCA by Clare Cousins Architects. Credit: Nightingale Housing

#3 Nightingale CCA

Architect: Clare Cousins Architects

At 12 Duckett Street you’ll find Clare Cousins’ eco-conscious design which contains 25 apartments across seven floors. Each dwelling offers generous storage space, x2 bike parks, access to Nightingale Villages Car Share facility and targeting a 7.5 star NatHERS rating. Nightingale CCA embraces community and contains many shared spaces including a 206 sqm landscaped garden. Read more.

Nightingale CCA incorporates the social, environmental and financial sustainability principles of the Nightingale model. These projects look to facilitate connected communities both within the building and the wider community. 

- Clare Cousins Architects' Design Statement

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
Kennedy Nolan. Credit: Nightingale Housing

#4 Kennedy Nolan

Architect: Kennedy Nolan

Kennedy Nolan’s Nightingale Building is situated at 9 Duckett Street, and has been designed to appear as two separate buildings to reduce the visual bulk. Tones of pink and red give the design a point of difference, and the use of red steel framing and oxide colouring make the build practical and low maintenance. On the rooftop you’ll discover two outdoor zones - the ‘Sky Garden’ which is designed for leisure and relaxation, and the ‘Working Yard’ which features a communal laundry, outdoor dining and more. Read more.

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
Skye House by Breathe Architecture. Credit: Nightingale Housing

#5 Skye House

Architect: Breathe Architecture

The striking arch motif of Skye House reflects the Mediterranean style housing of the area and was inspired by the iconic Ricardo Bofill’s ‘The Factory’. The apartments are constructed using up-cycled materials with a design focus of celebrating the beauty of unique imperfections. Residents are invited to enjoy sensory gardens, a yoga deck, induction BBQ, garden beds, as well as a lawn for pets and even a beehive. Read more.

“ Our design strategy is to build more, with less. To give texture, space, height, light and air. Apartment planning is kept simple. Materiality takes precedence over form. ”

- Breathe Architecture

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
Nightingale Coup by Architecture Architecture + Breathe Architecture. Credit: Nightingale Housing

#6 Nightingale Coup

Architect: Architecture Architecture + Breathe Architecture

Nightingale Coup will be located on the Southern side of Nightingale Village at 24-26 Hope Street. The goal for the design was to incorporate familiar design features of the area including tradition roof shingles and chimney line forms, with a modern twist. On the ground floor, the design team have created seating areas in the semi-public laneway to encourage community involvement, keeping with Nightingale Housing's communal focused mission. Read more.

Approval granted for Nightingale Village in Brunswick
AMA by Austin Maynards Architects. Credit: Nightingale Housing

#7 AMA

Architect: Austin Maynards Architects

Brunswick’s iconic warehouses were the inspiration behind the design of Austin Maynard's AMA development. The goal was to increase quality by using modern industrial materials to achieve the look in an innovative, yet economical way. Shared balconies screened with durable chainlink have been used to encourage air to circulate the complex, while providing privacy from the street below. Entry breezeways also deliver a multifunctional purpose, acting as bicycle/resident storage as well as a BBQ area. Read more.

Olivia Round

Olivia Round is the Features Editor of Olivia specialises in news reporting, in-depth editorial content and video + podcast interviews with industry experts.

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