According to Architecture and Design, The Nightingale, is a 20-unit development that would sit across from the practice’s multi-award winning project The Commons, designed to challenge the way Melbourne builds its apartments, and change the way its residents perceive these buildings.
Breathe’s founder, Jeremy McLeod
told the The Age, "There is a great apartment culture in Europe, northern America, most other countries actually. But not in Australia. Here, if you don't have money, you might rent an apartment if you have to, but it won't be peoples' first choice.”
The Nightingale will attempt to surpass the environmental credentials of The Commons, being Zero Emission Ready with no gas reticulated to the apartment portion of the block. The team is also aiming for only renewable energy to be supplied to the development, both onsite and offsite.
Other ESD goals, according to Urban Digestor, are:
However, the project has not yet been approved by Moreland Council.
Mayor Meghan Hopper
asking fellow councillors to check out The Commons, “so they can understand what the architects are trying to do” with the Nightingale.