2018 National Architecture Awards: National Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing: National Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Nightingale 1 comprises twenty apartments across five levels in Florence Street, Brunswick. It is a community-led building designed for owner-occupiers, not investors. The architects changed the financial model behind the development, used equity investors to raise funds and placed a cap on profits so that no corners were cut in the build. The development is a resounding success – without car parking, without airconditioning, but with shared laundry facilities and a lush rooftop garden.

The architects were determined to deliver homes that are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable and to build a living community that expands beyond the confines of the development and into surrounding streets and suburbs.

The jury was impressed by the level of comfort found in every single apartment. Materiality and detailing throughout are honest and refined, from the off-form concrete walls and ceilings to the formply joinery. Simple passive design principles such as effective cross-flow ventilation, solar orientation, thermal mass and double glazing combine to deliver on sustainability where it counts.


Breathe Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Jeremy McLeod (design architect), Fairley Batch (project architect), Tamara Veltre, Bonnie Herring, Daniel McKenna, Madeline Sewall, Mark Ng, Adilah Ikram Shah, Emily McBain, Zac Evangelisti, Daniel Moore, Lola Digby-Diercks, Shannon Furness, Bettina Robinson,
Access consultant Morris Access Consulting
Acoustic consultant Arup
Builder Project Group
Building surveyor Metro Building Surveying
Development manager Breathe Architecture with advisory services by Hip V. Hype
ESD consultant Nick Bishop ESD with Hip V. Hype Sustainability
Environmental audit consultants Peter J. Ramsay and Associates, Compass Environmental
Fire engineer Thomas Nicolas;
Land surveyor Webster and Peter Rickard
Landscape consultant Openwork, Oculus
Planning consultant Hansen Partnership
Services engineer Lucid Consulting
Specification writer Dekkerspec
Structural and civil engineer Form Structures
Waste management consultant Leigh Design
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Multi-residential, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
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