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