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Nightingale to develop entire street in Brunswick

Dec 11, 2017
  • Article by Online Editor

The Nightingale housing development concept is to take on its biggest project to date with seven architects working to redevelop an entire street in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

Known as Nightingale Village the project will transform Duckett Street into a sustainable village designed by some of Australia’s leading architects. It is intended that a diversity of architectural voices will lead to a vibrant precinct. These architects are: Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball, Kennedy Nolan and WOWOWA Architecture.

The architects involved have banded together to buy the street in Brunswick, with a completion date for the village set for 2020. The precinct will be planned on a human scale and prioritise residents and the community in its design.

Nightingale currently has 12 projects in development. It is fitting that Nightingale Village, the group’s biggest planned development to date, should be situated in Brunswick, which is home to the first Nightingale project, Breathe Architecture’s Nightingale 1.

Nightingale is a housing development model that aims to change the way housing is delivered in Australian cities.

The model builds on Breathe Architecture’s nationally acclaimed sustainable urban housing project The Commons. Breathe then called on the Melbourne architecture community to help build on the initial concept. Six Degrees Architects, Austin Maynard Architects, Architecture Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, MRTN Architects and Wolveridge Architects joined, along with the Robin Boyd Foundation, to help fund the first Nightingale project and embark on spreading the idea.

Nightingale Housing provides support and processes enabling architects to use the Nightingale model to construct housing that is financially, socially and environmentally sustainable.

Main image: Nightingale Brunswick East by ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects and Breathe Architecture.

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