Nightingale Village Awarded across Multiple Categories in the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Victorian Architecture Awards

20 June 2023

Authored by Hayball

Nightingale Village wins The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize and The Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainability Architecture. The project received further accolades for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing and Urban Design.

Hayball is the Developer and Design Architect of CRT+YRD, one of the six buildings in Nightingale Village and took on the role of Executive Architect role for the precinct. The project was composed of layers of complexity; managing varying architectural design aspirations, delivering precinct approaches to constructability and navigating the construction challenges of the pandemic.

But four years on, we delivered a net-zero residential precinct.

And last Friday night, Nightingale Village was recognised across multiple categories, picking up four awards:

  • The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize ⁠
  • The Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainability⁠ Architecture
  • Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing Award ⁠
  • Urban Design Award⁠

In The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize citation, the jury highlights how rich collaboration can solve problems at different scales and serves as an exemplary model of what can be achieved when design quality, social, financial and environmental sustainability isn’t compromised, and where community comes first:

“Nightingale Village begins and ends with community. The joy in this project is the continual sharing and gifting of resources. A series of individuated buildings, each with its own exceptional level of care and ingenuity, help to create a sense of vibrancy and diversity. However, the total worth of the whole is so much more than the sum of its individual parts, where overlapping vertical gardens, central voids full of light and life, pedestrian lanes, and street parks, allow the shared habitation of every corner.”

“This project is not a group of standalone residential developments, like many through inner Melbourne, but an entwined shared environment that will change the way developers and architects visualise and contribute to our environment today and for generations to come. ”

It’s a great joy to reflect on a project that has allowed us to connect and work alongside an incredibly talented group of individuals across the industry, forming professional relationships and long-term friendships. The opportunity to learn from our peers but equally offer insight is an unforgettable experience.

Thanks to the full team: Architecture architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe, Clare Cousins, Kennedy Nolan, Openwork, Fontic⁠, Hacer Group and Nightingale Housing.