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Nightingale Laak

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Nightingale Laak is part of our four-community Wurru wurru biik precinct. In consultation with Wurundjeri Elders, each community has been given a Woi Wurrung name around the theme of the ‘sky’ or ‘wurru-wurru’, one of the six layers of Wurundjeri Country. ‘Laak’ means ‘cloud’. Nightingale Laak is the south eastern community, facing Albion Street in Brunswick.

Materials and form acknowledge Brunswick’s diverse heritage and industrial past, with arches and frames, brick and concrete interchanged in different combinations to respond to the buildings’ immediate contexts. At the intersection of the four communities is a courtyard that acknowledges the 65,000 years of precolonial history through a connection to the environment. Living greenery will play a key role across all buildings and levels, from ground to rooftop.

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

Design features

  • Fossil fuel-free
  • Minimum 7.5 stars NatHERS rating
  • 25kW photovoltaic array (across precinct)
  • Low embodied energy materials
  • Embedded electricity network (100% GreenPower)
  • Embedded commercial-grade internet network
  • Rainwater collected for common area use and commercial tenancy toilets
  • Hydronic heater panels
  • Energy efficient heat pump hot water system
  • Shared rooftop with veggie patches and communal laundry
  • Communal bath house on rooftop
  • Guest house for visitors (shared across precinct)
  • Ample secure bicycle parking, close to public transport and car share options, no private car spaces

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Specs & Team

Status
Completion
2023
Location
Brunswick, VIC
Part of Precinct
Wurru wurru biik
Apartment Mix

4 x 1 BR
15 x 2 BR
1 x 3 BR
14 x Commercial across precinct

Community Housing

7 homes pre-allocated to HCA

Architects
Breathe

Builder
TBC

Landscaping
Openwork

Visualisations
Studio Meche, Breathe

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Placemaking in progress

The latest snapshots from the construction site and community meetups of
Wurru wurru biik