Nightingale Village | Architecture architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball and Kennedy Nolan

Nightingale Village | Hayball and Breathe and Architecture architecture and Austin Maynard Architects and Clare Cousins Architects and Kennedy Nolan | Photographer: Tom Ross

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Nightingale Village | Architecture architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball and Kennedy Nolan

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Sustainable Architecture
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Urban Design
Hacer Group
Tom Ross
Project summary

Comprising 203 homes across six buildings, Nightingale Village is a zero-gas, medium-density residential precinct located in the heart of vibrant Brunswick. Six leading architecture firms came together to create the precinct, setting a new standard for sustainable, community-centred design.

Each building was designed according to the social, environmental and financial sustainability principles of Nightingale Housing, with homes created for people, not profit. Under the Nightingale approach, homes are sold at-cost to owner-occupiers (not investors), encouraging the formation of sustainable communities over the long term. Across the precinct 27 homes were allocated to community housing providers, offering secure, long-term accommodation to those most in need.

Nightingale Village includes:
ParkLife by Austin Maynard Architects
Urban Coup by Breathe with Architecture architecture
Nightingale Skye House by Breathe
Nightingale Evergreen by Clare Cousins Architects
Nightingale Village (Executive Architect) and CRT+YRD by Hayball, and
Nightingale Leftfield by Kennedy Nolan

National Architecture Awards Accolades
National Commendation for Urban Design
The David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture
The Frederick Romberg Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing.
Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Award for Urban Design
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Shortlist – Sustainable Architecture
Shortlist – The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (Vic)
Shortlist – Urban Design
The Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture (Vic)
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (Vic)
Victorian Jury Citation

The Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture

While the Nightingale model, with its restrained material palette and shared facilities, is already highly lauded, the jury felt that this project, which escalates the scale of the model to the village precinct delivers outstanding results. These impacts are felt across both the industry and people’s day-to-day lives.

The jury was impressed with Nightingale Village as an example of leadership and action in the face of global warming, with the architects self-organising to overcome established market expectations and lending parameters to deliver a precinct of high social and environmental quality. They demonstrate the meaning that can be derived when we are free to challenge commercial models.

Including a wide range of Melbourne’s architects in the project promotes new models of collaboration and reflects a certain generosity. It ensures the dissemination of knowledge relating to delivering environmentally responsible buildings through the local design community. The range of practices involved in the project also resulted in a diversity of ideas including dog runs, bath houses, bookable guest suites and precinct resource management. This project considers the social life of the people that live there, encouraging delight in lower footprint living behaviours through minimal car usage, electrification and shared facilities.

Award for Urban Design

Nightingale Village is a considered urban design response to the fraught question of how to live comfortably together in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Comprised of six buildings adjacent to the train line in Brunswick, Nightingale Village is a welcoming, fine-grain extensive development that offers a sustainable alternative to the often opaque and monolithic high-density residential model that surrounds it.

The success of the design lies in the design team’s ability to solve complex problems at a multitude of scales. At the city scale, the development actively leverages its large size(203 dwellings) to maximise its environmental response through the sharing of services and amenities.

It manages to do this without exclusion or privatising adjacent spaces. Nightingale Village feels like a continuation of the surrounding residential fabric, albeit at a taller scale. Six architects have each designed a unique and finely tuned building that forms an authentic new Brunswick neighbourhood. Balconies, courtyards and active shopfronts line interfaces giving the precinct a sense of life while offering passive surveillance.

The pedestrian scale is elegantly considered, from integrated seating ledges to playful letterboxes ensuring the spaces between buildings feels safe and inviting.

This excellent project is the result of a rich multidisciplinary collaboration. It sets a high standard for the development of multi-residential buildings in Melbourne and encourages big conversations around title boundaries, setbacks and precincts.

Award Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing

The Nightingale Village is more than the sum of its parts, a social enterprise that acts as a community hub for its inhabitants while reinvigorating the local precinct more broadly. Prioritising communal spaces and collective amenity, the development is anchored by a highly social landscaped laneway that bisects the site, acting as a social incubator and allowing interaction between apartments and buildings.

The six individually designed buildings are highly coloured and detailed, each offering a distinctly personalised approach yet united by a subtle thread of recurrent detailing. The ethos of financial affordability, environmental and social sustainability provides a prototype for high density urban living.

Victorian Jury Presentation
Project Practice Team

Ali Galbraith, Project team
Andrew Maynard, Design Architect
Bettina Robinson, Director of Interiors
Bianca Hung, Director (Interiors)
Bonnie Herring, Project team
Candice Chan, Project Architect
Clare Cousins, Design Architect
Daria Selleck, Project Architect
Ela Rajapackiyam, BIM Technician
Elizabeth Campbell, Project Architect
Emily McBain, Project team
Fairley Batch, Project team
Frances McLennan, Graduate of Architecture
Gianni Iacobaccio, Senior CAD Technician
Giles Freeman, Project team
James Luxton, Project Architect
Jeremy McLeod, Design Architect
Laura Norris-Jones, Practice Manager
Luc Baldi, Project Director
Madeline Sewall, Project Architect
Marie Penny, Project team
Mark Austin, Design Architect
Mark Ng, Project team
Mark Stranan, Design Architect
Michael Macleod, Director
Michael Roper, Design Architect
Nick James, Design Architect
Oliver Duff, Project Architect
Oliver Monk, Architect
Patricia Bozyk, Project team
Patrick Kennedy, Principal
Rachel Nolan, Principal
Renee Eleni Agudelo, Project team
Rob Stent, Design Director/Architect
Robert Mosca, Project Architect
Saifee Akil, Architect
Sarah Mealey, Project team
Shannon Furness, Project team
Tamara Veltre, Project team
Tara Ward, Project Architect
Victoria Reeves, Director
Yuyuen Low, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Access Studio, Access Consultant
Amanda Oliver Gardens, Landscape Consultant
Andy Fergus, Urban Design
Breathe, Urban Design
Eckersley Garden Architecture, Landscape Consultant
Fontic, Project Manager
GTA Consultants, Traffic
Hansen Partnership, Town Planner
Hansen Partnerships, Urban Planner
Hip V Hype Sustainability, ESD Consultant
Leigh Design, Waste Management
Olax Pty Ltd, Wayfinding
Openwork, Landscape and Urban Design
Steve Watson & Partners, Building Surveyor
Tree Logic, Arborist
Umow Lai, ESD Consultant
WSP, Engineer
WSP, ESD Consultant
WT Partnerships, Quantity Surveyor

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