Nightingale Housing scales up to Nightingale Village

15 December 2017

Authored by Hayball

It takes a village: Hayball on-board for the new Nightingale project in Brunswick

“We’re no longer happy with changing our cities one building at a time – we want to do more”

We are very excited to confirm our participation in the most ambitious Nightingale project to date. As one of seven ethically aligned practices who have invested to bring this project to life, Hayball is both proud and inspired to be a part of this unique opportunity.

Together with Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, Kennedy Nolan and WOWOWA Architecture, Hayball are designing one of seven multi-residential buildings for Melbourne’s newest planned urban community.

Nightingale village will ignite Melbourne’s urban landscape.

Initiated by Nightingale Housing (a not-for-profit that advocates sustainable, high-quality, affordable housing), the development is being created through a highly collaborative design process, including regular peer reviews and input from future residents to ensure the best results are achieved for each building and the precinct as a whole.

The first Nightingale Village information session, held at the University of Melbourne in February was completely booked out, showing the high level of market interest in this progressive model. During the session architects from all seven practices introduced themselves and their work. Hayball Director Luc Baldi was happy but not surprised that “this idea and new structure of collaborative design and home ownership resonates so strongly with people.” He went on to express how the project feeds directly into Hayball’s passion for creating outstanding places and shaping sustainable communities:

“Hayball’s work is fueled by a curiosity to explore new models of housing that are high in architectural and urban quality, and respond to social, environmental and market needs. We thrive on making homes that people love for the things that matter to them, which is our vision for this project,” he said.

Hayball is in a unique position to apply a depth of knowledge and research within the housing sector to this project, confidently transferring the most effective and beneficial aspects of our expertise to create, refine and support a thriving new urban community that delights and empowers its residents.

We have always championed the idea that the best design is born from exploration, research, and an open exchange of ideas. So, the Nightingale model and the opportunity to take an active leading role on this project resonated with us from the outset. Our insight and energy, combined with the dreams and desires of residents, will result in truly collaborative, explorative and enduring design outcomes.

The seven architects:

Architecture Architecture
Austin Maynard Architects
Breathe Architecture
Clare Cousins Architects
Kennedy Nolan
WOWOWA Architecture     

Further reading:

Nightingale Housing – official website
Nightingale Housing wants you to have a nice apartmentThe Design Files
Nightingale reaches the village scale – now “anything is possible”The Fifth Estate, informative article on the model
Nightingale announces new Melbourne project – Green Magazine, interview with Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architecture)

Image: Detail of Nightingale 1, photo by Kate Longley, courtesy Nightingale Housing