Site—6 Florence Street, Brunswick
status—COMPLETE
Apartments—20
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
Electricians—BREC

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