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Nightingale 1

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Nightingale 1 is the inaugural project of the Nightingale model. The design strategy was to build more with less, adopting an honest material palette and placing emphasis on reduction. Nightingale 1 is exceptional in its sustainability outcomes. It is the first residential building in the country to be connected under an embedded network that is 100% fossil fuel free.

Nightingale 1 addresses the street with dual shop fronts and a brick podium, while the apartments above present a planted streetwall. Oriented north to south, the apartments are divided in two vertically stacked volumes. At its core, a lush planted courtyard adjoins the stair and lobby, drawing light and ventilation through to the centre of the plan.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Nightingale 1 stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture.

Design features

  • The first residential building in Australia with an embedded 100% fossil-fuel-free GreenPower network
  • Low embodied energy materials
  • 18kW solar array on roof
  • Average 8.2 stars NatHERS rating
  • Reclaimed timber hardwood flooring throughout apartments, top-nailed
  • Hydronic heater panels & ceiling fans
  • Centralised hot water and hydronic heating
  • Shared rooftop with veggie patches and communal laundry
  • Rainwater collected for common area use
  • Values-aligned, not-for-profit café operator in ground floor tenancy
  • Ample secure bicycle parking, close to public transport and car share options

Media & press


  • 2018
    David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2018
    The National Award for Residential Architecture
    Multiple Housing
  • 2018
    Victoria AIA Melbourne Prize
    (Joint Winner)
  • 2018
    Overend Award for Residential Architecture
    Multiple Housing
  • 2018
    Allan & Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • 2018
    IDEA Awards
  • 2018
    IDEA Awards
  • 2018
    Good Design Award
    Commercial & Residential Architecture
  • 2018
    Houses Awards
  • 2018
    Premier’s Design Award
    Architectural Design
  • 2017
    Premier’s Sustainability Awards
    Built Environment
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Specs & Team

Brunswick, VIC
Part of Precinct
Apartment Mix

12 x 1 BR
8 x 2 BR
3 x Commercial

Community Housing


Project Group


Peter Clarke,
Tom Ross,
Eve Wilson

Meet a resident

A dedication to building quality apartments and a focus on sustainability and liveability as well as lower ongoing resource consumption, all influenced my decision to purchase my home.

Placemaking in progress

The latest snapshots from the construction site and community meetups of
Nightingale 1