Nightingale 1 by Breathe Architecture
Sustainable Architecture: The David Oppenheim Award
Australian Institute of Architects
This project is the beginning of an ambitious experiment that aims to shift the status quo of apartment design in Australia. The development achieves a NatHERS rating of 8.2 stars; is carbon-neutral in operation, using a fossil fuel-free embedded network; and uses rainwater harvesting for irrigation and common-area bathrooms. Sustainability extends beyond the building into social and economic elements: generous communal amenities, useable public space, alternative finance structure and clever and efficient construction techniques.
The building encourages its inhabitants to lead a more sustainable lifestyle through sharing laundry facilities, growing vegetables, learning to work together as a community rather than as isolated households and taking the train or riding a bike to work.
The jury was impressed by the architect’s determination, rigour and perseverance in delivering a workable, living example of passive sustainability in action. Effective cross-flow ventilation, solar orientation, thermal mass and double glazing combine to deliver that most prized result – comfort.