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Brunswick, Melbourne




Breathe Architecture


The Commons was the building that inspired the Nightingale Model. Designed by Breathe Architecture, The Commons was intended to be the firm’s first architect-funded project. However, due to the poor economic environment of 2007, the project was ultimately taken on by ethical developer Small Giants.

Despite this, The Commons has served as a prototype for many of the ideas inherent to the Nightingale Model, from material reductionism to the social impacts of shared facilities. The Commons’ unique approach has gained widespread attention, sweeping national awards and creating the foundation from which the Nightingale Model has emerged.

Breathe Architecture's second Nightingale Model development, Nightingale 1, is based on the ideas of The Commons and has incorporated lessons from The Commons to improve the building for people, communities and the environment.


Photography: Andrew Wuttke



2014 RRR The Architects International Building of the Year

2014 National AIA awards, Frederick Romberg award for Residential Architecture: Multiple Housing

2014 National AIA awards, David Oppenheim award for Sustainable Architecture

2014 Victorian AIA awards, Allan & Beth Coldicutt Award Sustainable Architecture

2014 Victorian AIA awards, Best Overend Award Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

2014 BPN Sustainability Awards, Best of the Best

2014 BPN Sustainability Awards, Multi-density Residential

2014 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards, Overall Winner

2014 Intergrain Timber Vision Award, Commercial Exterior

2014 Houses Award - Sustainability Award

2014 Timber Design Awards, Timber Cladding

2014 Interior Design Excellence Awards, Residential Multi

2014 Interior Design Excellence Awards, Sustainability