Nightingale 1


This was the first Nightingale building to be completed. Nightingale 1 is our exemplar, which allowed us to rethink and recalibrate how apartment living can be developed in our cities. 

Nightingale 1 was conceived in 2014 by Breathe Architecture. After completing the award-winning and sustainably-oriented development The Commons, Breathe asked the question – how can we build a well-designed, community-led building for owner-occupiers, not investors? Following the German Baugruppen movement, 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

Project Team

Architects / Breathe Architecture
Project architect / Fairley Batch
Builder / Project Group
Electricians / BREC
Owner / Nightingale 1 Investment Co.

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

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

2018 David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture
2018 The National Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
2018 Victoria AIA Melbourne Prize (Joint Winner)
2018 Overend Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
2018 Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award For Sustainable Architecture
2018 INDE Awards (The Multi-Residential Building)
2018 IDEA Awards (Sustainability Award)
2018 Good Design Award for Commercial and Residential Architecture
2018 Houses Awards (Sustainability Award)
2018 Premiers Design Award for Architectural Design
2017 Premier’s Sustainability Awards (Built Environment)

Best in Design - 2018 Good Design Awards ArchitectureAU
Nightingale 1 reaches construction milestone Urban Melbourne
The inner-city apartment revolution The Age
Nightingale Housing wants you to own a great apartment The Design Files