Nightingale Housing plans seven buildings across Brunswick's Duckett Street

Nightingale Housing plans seven buildings across Brunswick's Duckett Street
Mark BaljakDecember 10, 2017

Brunswick's Anstey Precinct is in for a massive shot of development as Melbourne's NIGHTINGALE HOUSING plans seven separate buildings in a project that will be dubbed Nightingale Village. Already accustomed to urban renewal, the area surrounding Anstey Station is set to benefit from the unprecedented move by NIGHTINGALE HOUSING to develop what amounts to an entire street.

Based on the principles of affordable, sustainable and high-quality urban housing, the not-for-profit organisation's model has proven popular with prospective buyers. This has, in turn, prompted the massive development move on Duckett Street.

NIGHTINGALE HOUSING circulated a statement, with excerpts as follows:

We’re no longer happy with changing our cities one building at a time – we want to do more.

Seven Nightingale architects have banded together to buy an entire street in Brunswick, which they plan to build into the Nightingale Village by 2020. This means seven great buildings, designed by seven award-winning architects, becoming the new homes of seven communities.

The Nightingale Village on Duckett Street is an unprecedented opportunity to build the Nightingale model principles of financial, environmental and social sustainability across an entire street. It’s not an urban experiment, but a chance to change the way housing is built on a wider scale and to create smart, deliberate and liveable density.

The Nightingale Village will transform Duckett Street into a sustainable village designed by some of Australia’s leading architects, with a diversity of architectural voices leading to a vibrant precinct.

These architects are: Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball, Kennedy Nolan and WOWOWA Architecture.

This will be a precinct planned on a human scale, that prioritises residents and the community in its design.

According to NIGHTINGALE HOUSING, the first information session for the project will take place at the end of January.

Duckett Street has already received a taste of higher density living with developer/builder Protec Property Group in recent months completing The Dux at 2 Duckett Street.

Although not confirmed, 12 Duckett Street could possibly form part of the seven building site that will constitute Nightingale Village. Planning approval is in place for the mid-rise complex straddling either site of Duckett Street; the site and permit were offered for sale at the turn of 2017.

Nightingale Housing plans seven buildings across Brunswick's Duckett Street
Nightingale's latest build at 6 Florence Street is nearing construction completion

NIGHTINGALE HOUSING has well and truly entrenched itself in Melbourne inner northern suburbs; seen above is Nightingale's current development which is nearing completion.

Delivered by building contractor Project Group, 6 Florence Street it is a short walk from Nightingale Village and is directly opposite The Commons which acted as a proof of concept project. 

Furthermore, NIGHTINGALE HOUSING also have 209 Sydney Road, 72A Station Street and 55 Nicholson Street as pending projects.

Nightingale Housing plans seven buildings across Brunswick's Duckett Street
55 Nicholson Street in Brunswick East

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.

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