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CRT+YRD Brunswick, VIC

Hayball’s CRT+YRD is located at the heart of Nightingale Village, a collective of six buildings, designed by six award-winning architecture firms, located on Duckett Street in Brunswick. The Village is Australia’s first medium-density carbon-neutral precinct. The development is designed to prioritise community, providing generously landscaped green spaces between buildings and commercial tenancies that contribute to amenities and activation for residents and surrounding neighbours.

The building’s name was derived from its most important feature and design element, reflecting the ethos and identity that supports the building and its residents.  Designed from the inside out, the thoughtfully landscaped central courtyard provides the formal mechanism to achieve a heightened sense of community, foster visual connection, abundant natural light and ventilation between all the apartments.

CRT+YRD focuses on the resident experience and spatial qualities of each home, all the dwellings provide opportunities for connection, retreat and offer flexibility of private/communal living. The building accommodates various modes of occupation and lifestyles with the provision for adaptable living to support residents of diverse ages and physical capacities.

Where the central courtyard is the front yard the rooftop level provides communal facilities that offer residents an opportunity for a large backyard. A space to encourage connection and community – open and undercover communal dining opportunities, planters for edible gardens and a communal laundry and drying terrace.

Great care has been put into the project to reduce its operational and embodied carbon footprint. CRT+YRD achieves an average 7.5 stars NaTHERS energy rating across the whole building. The building high energy efficiency has been achieved using high insulation, thermally broken window suites & high performance glazing. The project was also designed to minimize the amount of resources utilized. There is little active heating and cooling mechanisms. There are no second bathrooms and generally no laundries are provided within the dwellings. Materials were specified to reduce their carbon footprint. By building less and carefully selecting materials, the project actually gives back more living space to the occupants, and reduces its embodied carbon footprint.