What is the Nightingale Model?

The Nightingale model is a set of systems and processes for housing provision. The model exists to enable licensed architects to develop Nightingale buildings using the learnings and interrogations of architects who have previously developed Nightingale buildings.


Capped project profits

Designed to reduce operating and maintenance costs

Removal of unnecessary inputs, e.g. marketing activities and display suites

Covenant on resale to ensure affordability is passed on


Transparent project costs to investors and purchasers

Transparent governance and decision-making processes


100% fossil fuel free building operations, e.g. via an embedded energy network

Minimum 7.5 star NatHERS thermal rating

Water harvesting and productive gardens


Meaningful and informed participation from future home owners across the project, from design through to settlement

Purchasers given real cost information during the design process to support informed decisions


Contribution back to the local urban community through the creation of connected communities, active street frontages, fine-grain and tactile pedestrian experience for passers-by, and engagement with tenants who can provide 'third spaces'


Why do we need the Nightingale Model?

Photo - Kate Longley, Florence Street Community Dinner

Photo - Kate Longley, Florence Street Community Dinner


Australia’s population will grow from 22 to 36 million by 2050, which means that 6.5 million new housing units will be required in the next 35 years. We need new housing that integrates access to transport, employment and services, including meeting the needs of Australia’s ageing society and families who want to be located close to the CBD.

Beyond supply, the 2016 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey found that all five of Australia’s major metropolitan areas (cities with a population of more than 1 million) were 'severely unaffordable' for the 12th year in a row.

What's more, in most Australian cities there are no minimum design standards and the size, quality and design of apartments have been problematic in that many are not designed for living, but rather as a speculative financial asset.

The current status quo development model primarily aims to deliver buildings with maximum financial yields, rather than focusing on the people who will live there or their impact on the environment and local communities. Governments, academics and social commentators are all recognising that we need meaningful change for urban societies and their future.

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Nightingale Housing is uniquely placed to help deliver multi-residential housing that is environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive. We believe that what we do can positively impact the urban environment, and promote better health and well-being outcomes.

Photo - Kate Longley, Nightingale 1

Photo - Kate Longley, Nightingale 1