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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 and Beth Coldicutt Award For Sustainable Architecture
  • 2018 INDE Awards — Multi-Residential
  • 2018 IDEA Awards — Sustainability
  • 2018 Good Design Award — Commercial and Residential Architecture
  • 2018 Houses Awards — Sustainability
  • 2018 Premiers Design Award — Architectural Design
  • 2017 Premier’s Sustainability Awards — Built Environment
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Nightingale 1
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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

We love being a part of this model, because we see that decisions and actions are considered with strong values and kindness.

Placemaking in progress

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