Architects responsible for the popular Nightingale model have officially received approval for Nightingale Village, a sustainable precinct to be built in Brunswick, Melbourne.
The architect-led sustainable development will follow the award-winning Nightingale apartment concept which focuses on social, environmental and financial sustainability principles.
The development model involves architects adopting the role of developer to design and finance medium-density apartment buildings located in close proximity to transport.
The model also enables eventual end users to have their input on the design and features of their home.
It also looks to address Australia’s housing and affordability crisis while also underscoring the importance of well crafted and functional apartment options to combat urban sprawl.
The model is guided by the notion of affordability, with the developer's profits capped at 15 per cent of total construction costs as well as smart, economical design with apartments void of mod-cons and excessive design options and costs.
Apartments are sold to owner-occupiers who, in the event they decide to sell, agree to cap the sale price at what they paid, plus any average property price rises in the area.
The model also attempts to assist potential owner occupiers by reclaiming costs which are often lost through needless design options and agents fees.
The Melbourne-based social enterprise first got its break with a medium-density housing development in Brunswick of The Commons.
The project, designed by Breathe Architecture, paved the way for Nightingale 1.0 to be developed under the first iterations of the Nightingale model.
Nightingale 2.0 in Fairfield soon followed with Nightingale 3.0 on Sydney Road.
The latest endeavour, Nightingale Village, involves the redevelopment of former industrial land adjacent to the Upfield rail corridor.
The 4,500 square metre site, which will run the length of Duckett Street in Brunswick, will now be developed into an eco-friendly residential precinct capable of reaching a 7.5 star NatHERS rating.
Seven buildings have been designed by seven architectural firms: Architecture Architecture; Austin Maynard Architects; Clare Cousins Architects; Hayball; Kennedy Nolan Architects; and Wowowa Architecture, who will work in close collaboration and through a masterplan for the village.
Each building will have between 25 and 40 apartments with the potential for shared renewable energy, collective rainwater harvesting, food production, and shared connected spaces.
Hayball director Luc Baldi told The Urban Developer that the architectural firm was thrilled that Nightingale Village had received its planning permit.
“Congratulations to all involved in this truly collaborative effort between the architect group, Nightingale Housing, local council and all others involved,” Baldi said.
Baldi also highlighted that Hayball's own Nightingale Village project, CRT+YRD, launched its purchaser ballot on Wednesday night, allowing eager owner-occupiers keen on buying into the development a chance to stake their claim.
Late last year, the ballot for Breathe Architecture's Sky House, a 40-apartment development at the centre of Nightingale Village, opened to widespread intrigue.