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Nightingale Village who won Premier’s Sustainability Award is an unique execution and a great example of modern architecture. This project is built to foster community in and around its residences. Nightingale village is Melbourne’s inner-north comprises six apartment buildings with diverse designs united by shared values.
This project has always been the ‘talk of the town’.
Now, it is once again being recognised for human-centred, environmentally conscious design after earning the Industry Leader accolade in the Sustainable Places category at the 21st Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
This extraordinary masterpiece is designed by six different architecture practices – Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins Architects, Hayball, and Kennedy Nolan – the six buildings constructed as part of Nightingale Village respond to social and environmental matters through the integration of communal features such as shared laundries and car spaces, as well as the incorporation of passive design elements, resulting in no air conditioning being required.
The project, located in Brunswick, Melbourne, was applauded by the jury for “setting a new standard for sustainable, people-centred design.”
“Each firm brings their vision to the site and shares spaces and facilities to ensure the best quality of life for residents and a high standard of environmental sustainability across the precinct.” Sustainability Victoria’s interim CEO Matt Genever lauded Nightingale Housing’s approach to building sustainable communities.
An insight into the Nightingale Village
This sentiment comes to mind when appraising Nightingale Village – simultaneously the final, defining statement of Nightingale’s original architect-as-developer incarnation, and the first expression of its environmental and community-led ethos to project beyond the individual building. Acquired in 2017 as a cluster of low-slung warehouses in the same former light-industrial pocket of Brunswick as Nightingale 1 (Breathe, 2017),4 the site is now home to six buildings designed and developed by six different architects, spread across two blocks hugging the Upfield train line and shared (bike/pedestrian) path. An additional building, by Wowowa Architecture, was a casualty of the City of Merri-bek’s late-dawning realization that unrelenting boundary-to-boundary development in the area was depriving the burgeoning resident community of access to vital open space. In 2019, in what was a first for the council, it purchased the seventh Village site and adjacent properties to create a new public park.
Nightingale Village was announced a finalist of the Sustainable Places Industry Leader category in October, along with architecture projects Ferrars and York by Hip V. Hype and Six Degrees Architects, and Spring Creek Road Farm by Architect Brew Koch, which were named finalists in the Sustainable Places Community Champion division.
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