Nightingale 1


This is the first-ever Nightingale, a groundbreaking building constructed in alignment with the principles of the Baugruppen movement from Germany. A model of building which allows us to rethink & recalibrate how we develop apartment living in our cities. 

The idea—Nightingale 1 was conceived back 2014 by Breathe Architecture. After completing the award-winning sustainable development The Commons, Breathe 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. 

Project Details
Site / Florence Street, Brunswick
Status / Complete
Apartments / 20

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

Project Team
Architects / Breathe Architecture
Project architect / Fairley Batch
Builder / Project Group
Electricians / BREC

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