Meet the group leading Melbourne's quiet community-friendly housing revolution

Good Weekend A quiet revolution is underway in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, where a group of uncompromising young architects, investors and residents are rewriting the rule book on inner-city apartment living. The long retail spine of Sydney Road, Brunswick, just north of Melbourne's CBD, was once a prosperous trading outpost on the way to the goldfields.

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With housing affordability squarely on the minds of the voting public, governments are looking at selling off excess Crown land no longer needed for government purposes. In the Federal Budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison put forward the former Defence force land at Maribyrnong as a future suburb and the Andrews government is examining the sale of the former Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre site and the Parkville Youth Detention Centre.

 
 

Nightingale 1 reaches a construction milestone

Brunswick's Nightingale 1 apartment project reached a significant milestone on Friday, with constructor Project Group holding a 'Topping Out' ceremony for the build. Underpinned by the principles of wellbeing and liveability, the Nightingale series of apartment projects are becoming increasingly popular with purchasers, as evidenced by the 2,000 strong waiting list for future Nightingale releases.

Baugruppen model ditches developers so that apartment buyers save

Baugruppen. It might sound like a mouthful but this German word could be the answer to Australia's housing affordability woes - or at least a new way to look at the problem. If you can't afford a freestanding house in Australia's capital cities, the choices for an apartment alternative are generally expensive and limited.

Hot apartments: 'If we need air conditioning, we've designed it wrong'

It was one of the most extreme heatwaves in south-eastern Australian history. During late January and early February 2009, temperature records were toppled across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Then, on 7 February, 24 of Victoria's 35 long-term stations recorded record high temperatures: Melbourne reached 46.4C while Hopetoun broke a state record with 48.8C.

Ken Maher's full speech to Parliament House on Housing Affordability | Architecture And Design

Retrofitting our existing building stock and increasing density in our cities were two suggestions made by Maher as solutions to Australia's affordable housing crisis during a recent speech at Parliament House. But underpinning Maher's address was the need for doing density well, i.e.

Nightingale Housing spreads its wings

The co-housing development "Nightingale on Florence" supported by a SEFA Loan Syndicate is well under way. The builder Project Group has finished putting the slab in place and the first stories are going up in Brunswick, opposite The Commons, winner of multiple sustainability awards.

Fremantle beats Sydney to first Nightingale project out of Melbourne

The Nightingale Model has now reached Western Australia, with EHDO Architecture obtaining a licence and pipping Sydney in securing land to develop a project. Nightingale Freo will be built on a site in the Knutsford precinct, a semi-industrial area a 10-minute walk from Fremantle city centre.

Nightingale lands in Western Australia | Architecture And Design

EHDO Architecture has been awarded a license to design the first Nightingale Housing project in WA.

Project could change WA housing market

A RESIDENTIAL apartment building that promises to shake-up traditional real estate models by selling homes at below-market rates is coming to WA, backed by one of the State's top developers. Don Fini has teamed up with two architects to bring Melbourne's Nightingale housing project to Fremantle.

Affordable Housing - What is the true cost of the decisions we make

Byron Shire's stakeholder led Affordable Housing Summit considered the hard questions and a path to address the dynamics and unique challenges of affordable housing in Byron. Over 120 people attended the summit that featured speakers on best practice Australian housing types and models, tenure, security and planning.

Nightingale 2.0 approved by VCAT - Green Magazine

The Nightingale housing developments have won another VCAT approval, for Nightingale 2.0, a major stepping-stone for the project.

Car-free apartments prevail: Two Nightingale developments approved

Click to enlarge Two proposed Nightingale housing developments will proceed after each was approved. The Six Degrees Architects-designed Nightingale 2.0, to be located in Fairfield in Melbourne's inner north-east, was approved by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The development proposes 20 apartments (four one-bedroom, 12 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom) contained in a five-storey building.

Nightingale 2: no parking OK with VCAT

The Nightingale Model had a major win on Friday with zero car parking for its apartment development in Melbourne's Fairfield finally getting the tick of approval. In approving the planning permit for Nightingale 2.0, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) declared: "There will be no car parking spaces provided on site.

Affordable housing: buyers devising creative ways to get into their first home

Mia and Nicola Cornthwaite's first home will be ready in November. The couple, who have been together for 13 years and have a 20-month-old daughter, Wren, are buying a two-bedroom apartment in Melbourne's inner northern suburb of Brunswick for $645,000. But it's not a standard apartment deal.

Nightingale Reclaims Housing For Residents, Not Profit

The future of urban housing is being quietly revolutionised in the cities of Australia. A collective of architecture studios have come together to shift the focus of medium density residential development from one focused on financial gain, to one decidedly balanced with livability and sustainability.

Nightingale spreads its wings & heads north to Sydney

The Nightingale housing model has licensed its first two Sydney architectural studios bring the Melbourne grown concept northwards. Jad Silvester of Silvester Fuller and Adam Russell of RAW Architects both spoke to The Fifth Estate this week to say why they'd put up their hands.

The Commons: could co-housing offer a different kind of great Australian dream?

When Kate and Jason turned up to look around The Commons, they weren't looking for a lifestyle change. They were just another hard-working couple wanting an apartment that was close to central Melbourne and wouldn't cost the earth. Only after they moved in did the upsides of the building's co-housing ethos hit them.

If you don't own a home by 45, you probably never will, says report

If you do not own a home by the time you are 45, you are unlikely to ever own one, according to a new report on the impact of housing on financial security in retirement. The report from Swinburne University of Technology has painted a grim picture of Australians' housing security, with a widening gap between homeowners and those in private rental accommodation.

Sold, not to the highest bidder: Green apartment plan for Brunswick

Anthony Patton never intended to get involved in property development. The owner of the Kinki Gerlinki fashion stores kept getting approached by developers wanting to turn his Brunswick shop into apartments. Despite one offering $2.5 million, he always said no. Why? "They are all evil," he says, only half-joking.

 

Archive

 

2016

Nightingale Housing & the cusp of big changes in housing The Fifth Estate, 16 September 2016

Housing market disrupter: The Nightingale Model GreenSmart Magazine (page 40), 19 December 2016

Nightingale 3.0 Site and Concept Revealed as 4.0 Planning Begins The Urban Developer, 13 September 2016

Uncommon Ground Mezzanine, September 2016

From The Commons to Nightingale, Jeremy McLeod is reluctant frontman of a movement The Age, 26 August 2016

Thriving, not just surviving: why business needs to go beyond doing less bad The Guardian, 9 August 2016

Five myths about Melbourne’s Nightingale apartment developments Domain, 1 July 2016

Nightingale 2.0 faces VCAT challenge Architecture AU, 29 June 2016

Fairfield locals see red over green apartments with no car spots The Age, 29 June 2016

In the footsteps of Robin Boyd Domain, 11 June 2016

Affordable, sustainable, high quality urban housing? It’s not an impossible dream The Conversation, 22 April 2016

Walls to building green housing tumble in Berlin The Age, 8 April 2016

SEFA helps Nightingale develop new social housing model SEFA, 8 April 2016

Think small: architects shrink homes and apartments as house and land prices soar The Guardian, 31 March 2016

Looking at the Bigger Picture Design Build, 30 March 2016

A closer look at Nightingale 2.0 Urban Melbourne, 24 March 2016

Community, not commodity: Why Nightingale is changing the future of housing Habitus Living, 11 March 2016

Here comes the Nightingale Model, scaling up now in Fairfield The Fifth Estate, 10 March 2016

Community, not commodity: Why Nightingale is changing the future of housing Indesign Live, 8 March 2016

The Nightingale Model: multi-residential dwellings for the future Australian Design Review, 22 January 2016

 

2015

Housing revolution: lessons from Berlin Australian Design Review, 20 November 2015

Scrap developers for cheaper, better apartments, say researchers  The Age, 10 August 2015

Sustainable apartments – A new model for the future TedxStKilda, 18 June 2015

Nightingale sets a new standard and model The Urban Developer, 25 March 2015

Radical apartments: After The Commons, The Nightingale keeps ruffling feathers The Fifth Estate, 13 March 2015

Apartment living that is truly appealing The Age, 14 January 2015

2014

The great density debate Australian Design Review, 9 April 2014