Site—6 Florence Street, Brunswick
ARchitects—Breathe Architecture

This is the first-ever Nightingale building, a groundbreaking development built using the principles of the German baugruppen movement to rethink and recalibrate how we development apartments in our cities. 

The idea—Nightingale 1 was conceived back in 2014 by Breathe Architecture. Breathe, who had just completed the award-winning sustainable development The Commons, asked the question – how can we build a well-designed, community-led building for owner-occupiers, not investors? The solution was to change the financial model behind developments, including using equity investors to raise funds and placing a cap on profits so that there were no corners cut in the build itself. 

The project team
Project architect—Fairley Batch
Builders—Project Group

The sustainability
NatHERS rating—8.2 stars
Solar array—18Kw
Emissions—100% fossil-fuel free
Rainwater harvesting—used in irrigation and common-area toilets

The materiality
Appliances—Fisher & Paykel
Floorboards—Recycled Australian timber
Tapware and showers—Brodware raw brass
Toilets—Caroma dual flush