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Nightingale Bowden

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Our first South Australian project, Nightingale Bowden is in one of Adelaide’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Situated on a unique island site, the building overlooks the street to the south and accesses sunlight from the north. Design elements like a sawtooth profile peeking out above the roofline, and copper motifs across the façade, subtly acknowledge Bowden’s industrial past. Breathe created a visual separation between the two halves of the building by incorporating colour variations into the fluted profile. One half of the facade is natural grey and the other a subtle green.

We are proud to acknowledge the Kaurna people as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Nightingale Bowden stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

Design features

  • Fossil fuel-free
  • Average 8.2 stars NatHERS rating
  • 5 Green Star rating
  • Low embodied energy materials
  • Embedded electricity network (100% GreenPower)
  • Embedded commercial-grade internet network
  • 22kW photovoltaic array
  • Rainwater collected for common area use
  • Shared rooftop with veggie patches
  • Energy efficient heat pump hot water system
  • Guest house for visitors
  • Ample secure bicycle parking, close to public transport and car share options, no private car spaces

Media & press


  • 2023
    Sustainability Awards
    Multi-Residential Dwelling (shortlisted)
  • 2023
    Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) South Australia Awards for Excellence
    Innovation (Winner)
  • 2023
    South Australian Architecture Awards
    Award for Residential Architecture — Multiple Housing
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Nightingale Bowden
Book tour

Specs & Team

Bowden, SA
Part of Precinct
Apartment Mix

17 x 1BR
19 x 2BR
1 x Commercial

Community Housing

18 homes pre-allocated to HCSA




Kate Longley, Anthony Basheer

Meet a resident

I really like the idea that a building like this will bring together a potentially quite diverse group of people who share similar ideas on sustainability, community, access etc.

Placemaking in progress

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