The Nursery on Brunswick | Clare Cousins Architects

The Nursery on Brunswick | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Tom Ross

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

The Nursery on Brunswick | Clare Cousins Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Marino Construction Management Pty Ltd
Tom Ross
Project summary

Previously home to the Fitzroy Nursery for over 40 years, locals have come to know and love this place as a verdant and open-air respite within the tough urban fabric of the high street. The Nursery on Brunswick is a mixed used building with retail, commercial and residential tenancies that all benefit from the red brick, north facing atrium like garden at the centre of site.

Countering more typical yield focused developments in the area, the atrium prioritizes quality of amenity over maximum density, providing light, greenery, garden views and amenity to both tenants and the public realm.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Victorian Jury Citation

Commendation for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing 

On what was a much-loved site and business for Melburnians, the architects have inserted a well-considered and contemporary mix of retail, apartments and office space that appears like it has been there for some time. It draws heavily from the history of the site; through the retention of the leafy soaring courtyard space, and the repurposing of the original brick materiality. The dwellings are thoughtful, generous and draw on the architect’s long history in crafting environments for living. 

While we are not professional property developers, we brought the same values that we use in our designled business into our collaboration with CCA and Marino Construction; putting the people who live and work in the space at its centre with an emphasis on community.

Fitzroy Nursery has been a beating heart of Brunswick Street’s community for nearly 40 years and we wanted it to remain this way.

The Nursery is surrounded by the repurposed terracotta bricks demolished from the original building, with its garden weaving through the site; giving residents and passing pedestrians an oasis in the inner city.

Project Practice Team

Clare Cousins, Design Architect
Aida Stopa, Project Architect
Jessica Wood, Project Architect
Tara Ward, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

ADP Consulting, Services Consultant
Ark Resources, ESD Consultant
Eckersley Garden Architecture, Landscape Consultant
Fontic Group, Project Manager
Ipsum Structures, Structural Engineer
SJB Planning, Town Planner

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The Nursery on Brunswick | Clare Cousins Architects | Photographer: Tom Ross

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