Nightingale 1: A Sustainable and People-Centered Housing Development
This is old Brunswick, it’s industrial, and it’s run down, yet there exists a strangely endearing quality of this area – it’s people, it’s sense of community. It is a melting pot of migrant activity, everyone coming together to form one totally imperfect community. This is the home of Nightingale 1.
Emerging from the success of neighbouring apartment building The Commons, Nightingale 1 is the inaugural project of the Nightingale Model – a replicable, triple bottom line housing model with an overarching priority towards social, economic and environmental sustainability.
At it’s heart, Nightingale 1 is all about people. Its architecture serves as a catalyst to unite a group of similar values and build a community. Apartments are affordable, sustainable, and easy to live in. Purchaser engagement from early stages has allowed the building to be designed completely with the end user in mind.
Nightingale’s form is a simple response to Brunswick’s industrial heritage. Its steel framed winter-gardens respond to traditional warehouse characteristics whilst its recycled cream brick responds to the single storey single brick warehouses that once populated the vicinity.
The ground floor of Nightingale is about creating engagement between the Nightingale residents and the street, whilst reaching out to the wider Brunswick community. Seating nooks and a semi public laneway to the heart of the building activate the ground floor. Importantly, we looked beyond the drawing board to find values aligned organisations to occupy and to engage. Young up and comers Branch Studio Architects and Home.One, a not for profit who train homeless people in hospitality, look out onto Florence Street. Nightingale Housing, the organisation, are our anchor tenant looking out onto the lush fernery. Basing themselves here, allows them to take tours of the building so that future architects, city makers and residents can see and feel what its like to live in a Nightingale.
Nightingale 1 is made up of a series of meaningful architectural moments. The planning was kept simple. Materiality took precedence over form.
Hand painted signage lead residents through a cobblestone entry, lined with a tapestry of recycled brickwork.
Lift lobbies lined by natural Blackbutt timber battens, mild steel plate and inset coir matting nooks, signal entries to generous apartments with a soft palette of waxed timber floors, concrete ceilings and carefully curated, exposed services. The northern apartments look out through a shipping chain screen, providing the framework for deciduous grape vines to occupy.
The rooftop decks, surrounded by lush greenery overlook The Commons and the city beyond. The rooftop is about community and is divided into two parts. The north is about the utility of living – a simple communal laundry, water tanks and pumps, potting shed, clothesline and productive garden plots. The south is about people coming together. Seating nooks nestled behind clusters of vegetation, an outdoor dining room and a rooftop lawn area for the Nightingale children to run and play.
Being on the rooftop and seeing how the residents interact with it and each other, demonstrates that Nightingale truly achieved its goal – a triple bottom line building that is sustainable, affordable and built community.
Nightingale is exceptional in its sustainability outcomes.
It is the first building in the country to be connected under an embedded network that is 100% fossil fuel free. Nightingale is carbon neutral in its operation – no gas.
We designed the building, the electrical reticulation, the owners corporation rules and the embedded network and metering systems and the metering and sharing of the solar so that every Nightingale resident receives 100% green power.
Passive principles achieving an average 8.2 stars
- Parking for 42 bicycles
- Car Share
- Rooftop gardens
- Shared rooftop laundry
- Natural light and ventilation to all bedrooms
- Shared 18kW PV array
- Shared solar hot water system
- Shared hydronic heating boiler
- Re-use of rainwater for irrigation, laundry and shared amenities
- Recycled timber floors
- Exposed concrete structure
- Formply joinery
- Concrete bench tops
- Hydronic heating
- Double glazed, thermally broken windows
- Nightingale excludes:
- Car parking
- Second bathrooms
- Individual laundries
- Plasterboard ceilings
- Toxic finishes
Nightingale 1 is the inaugural project of the Nightingale Model – a replicable, triple bottom line housing model with an overarching priority towards social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The design strategy was to build more with less, adopting an honest material palette and placing emphasis on reduction.
Apartments are affordable, sustainable, generous, easy to live in, and light filled. It is filled with great neighbours and good people – it is home to individuals, couples and families, from all walks of life. You know your neighbours and most have pets. Accommodating all ages without limit, you can grow old here.
The project was about building a place that people wanted to live in, a place they would love, a place they would call home. At it’s heart, Nightingale is all about people. Its architecture serves as a catalyst to unite a group with similar values and build community.
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