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NIGHTINGALE 3.0

This project uses the Nightingale Housing Model.  The Nightingale Model is triple bottom line development model that delivers homes that are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. The goal of each Nightingale project is to provide quality urban housing, with high sustainability outcomes, at an affordable price.  Further information can be seen at www.nightingalehousing.org


The growing Nightingale database consists of over 1400 potential purchasers, all of whom have an interest in the model and are open to living in a sustainable car-free community.  We have surveyed these people to gauge, among many questions, who among them are interested in living at 209 Sydney Road, Brunswick and....


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NIGHTINGALE 3.0

This project uses the Nightingale Housing Model.  The Nightingale Model is triple bottom line development model that delivers homes that are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. The goal of each Nightingale project is to provide quality urban housing, with high sustainability outcomes, at an affordable price.  Further information can be seen at www.nightingalehousing.org


The growing Nightingale database consists of over 1400 potential purchasers, all of whom have an interest in the model and are open to living in a sustainable car-free community.  We have surveyed these people to gauge, among many questions, who among them are interested in living at 209 Sydney Road, Brunswick and whether they have a requirement for 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments.


Through this survey and a further interview process, all purchasers will be vetted to ensure that they will be owner occupiers, that they truly understand the nature of the project and that they have no requirement for car parking. To date we have approximately 190 potential purchasers who wish to live in this vertical community, with the vast majority interested in utilising the existing sustainable transport infrastructure provided in Brunswick as their only mode of transport, including public transport, walking, cycling and car share.




TONY PATTON, OWNER OF KINKI GERLINKI

Tony Patton is the owner of 209 Sydney Road and the retail business Kinki Gerlinki. Tony is a long time resident of Brunswick who has watched as developer led housing has changed his beloved Brunswick in ways that he has been saddened to see. Tony has been approached by profit driven developers in the past who have offered to purchase 209 Sydney Road. Rather than “cashing in” and leaving Brunswick, Tony has decided to become part of the housing solution. Rather than enabling poor development to continue in his suburb, Tony approached Nightingale Housing and asked how he could help create an ethical, sustainable home for himself and for others.


Austin Maynard Architects and Tony have been working together, along with the guidance of the Nightingale Housing not-for-profit board, to design a building and community to be proud of. Tony won’t be selling up and moving away. Once Nightingale 3.0 has finished construction Tony will own an apartment and Kinki Gerlinki with continue to operate on Sydney Road. Other apartments will be sold to owner-occupiers who have also helped guide the design process, and a vibrant community will be established.


Like everyone involved in Nightingale, Tony has put his money where his mouth is to ensure that Brunswick, and Melbourne, create an ethical, sustainable and affordable future.



THE BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY

Brunswick is a wonderfully diverse suburb, with residents from a range of different socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicity and lifestyles. Issues of equality, sustainability, the arts and ethics are high priorities of many residents of Brunswick as evidenced through voting tendency over the years. The majority of purchasers of Nightingale 3.0 are locals of Brunswick and many are renters in the area who have been unable to find affordable and liveable options to purchase locally. They already have an established social network and make use of the public and commercial transport options in the area. Issues of finding a liveable, yet cost effective homes are forcing many locals to relocate to other suburbs further from the city, away from established social networks and infrastructure such as reliable public transport.



THE NIGHTINGALE 3.0 HOME OWNERS

In June 2016 we made available a survey to the Nightingale purchaser list. The results from that survey have strongly informed the design of Nightingale 3.0. 194 respondents have expressed a willingness to purchase homes designed by Austin Maynard Architects at 209 Sydney Road. The survey revealed that 160 respondents are ready to put down deposits as owner-occupiers, whilst the remaining 34 purchasers were in the process of finalising their finances. 55% of respondents are first home buyers and 75% of respondents are under 45. The vast majority of respondents wanted a shared laundry, rooftop clothes line to ensure that they had larger living spaces. A rooftop garden was very important to most respondents. Everyone was concerned about climate change and the majority wanted a highly sustainable development. Almost no-one requested air-conditioning, with the knowledge that Austin Maynard would be designing a highly thermal efficient building. 23% of respondents requested 1 bedroom homes, 53% requested 2 bedroom homes and 20% requested 3 bedroom homes. Other respondents asked for larger homes. The vast majority of respondents want a car free home as almost everyone commutes via public transport, bicycles and walking and Uber.



BRUNSWICK CHARACTER

Brunswick is one of the most eclectic and multi-cultural suburbs of Melbourne. It has a rich and diverse heritage. We aim for Nightingale 3.0 to be a type of love letter to Brunswick’s eclectic heritage and specifically to its often undervalued Mediterranean-Australian built history. Sadly arches and brown brick are not in fashion at the moment and as such we are seeing the erasure of a very important part of post war Australia. Nightingale 3.0 borrows not only from the plethora of unique arches along Sydney Road, but also from the often undervalued Mediterranean history of the area. Importantly, Nightingale 3.0 will avoid masonry arches on the eastern and western facades and instead will be constructed from metal mesh. This ensures that occupants of Nightingale 3.0 will have an abundance of natural light and as well as a mesh for vegetation to grow on.



AN URBAN RESPONSE TO TRANSIT & PARKING

As determined by the transport plan, increased car usage of Saxon should be discouraged. The width, the pedestrian park and the private road all contributed to a street that cannot effectively tolerate car usage. Increased car activity would not only be an ineffective transport outcome, it would be to the absolute detriment of the area and would effectively terminate the moment for Saxon to become an important public space and artery to important public infrastructure such as the school, the baths, the train, bike path, library, council building and other services tightly packed in this unique public realm. Furthermore the purchasers of Nightingale 3.0 have articulated a commitment to sustainable transport options and a history of non-car usage during their time living elsewhere in Brunswick. The transport solution is an ideal solution not only for the residents of Nightingale 3.0, but importantly for the broader community and its public spaces and infrastructure.



RESPONSE TO BRUNSWICK’S BUILT HERITAGE

The design of Nightingale 3.0 is a direct response to Brunswick’s rich and diverse built heritage. The design responds to far more than just the Victorian heritage in the area. Brunswick contains some of the best examples of post war Mediterranean-Australian architecture. Brunswick also has an intriguing industrial history that remains to this day. Nightingale 3.0 borrows from this context in a respectful and playful way. Sydney Road has a unique and wonderful collection of arches of various types and epochs. We’ve studied the Sydney Road facades and have created a modern interpretation of the context, yet using light utilitarian materials on the eastern and western facades that reflect Brunswick’s industrial past. Although we are very fond of the masonry arch balconies of neighbouring buildings the lack of natural light provides poor amenity to the inhabitants compared to the metal mesh and gardens proposed at Nightingale 3.0.


Undertaking yet another dumb, boxy, masculine development is exactly what Brunswick does not need. Neither does it need a direct copy of heritage structures. Instead we have designed a green lung that borrows the forms and rhythms of the area. The utilitarian concrete and metal mesh provide the backdrop for substantial gardens on the east and west facade and elegant, simple graphics of the North and South facades. The balustrading is simple vertical aluminium posts which ensure that the balconies are not scalable by youngsters whilst providing abundant light to the Nightingale inhabitants.


Our vision is that Nightingale 3.0 will become a vertical community garden within a masonry context. Our aim is to provide a tall garden full of life.


Nightingale 3.0 will house owner-occupiers who have expressed their desire to live in a green building both in a sustainable sense, and also in a garden sense. Through surveys of the Nightingale purchaser list it has been established that the owners of Nightingale 3.0 homes love the roof top garden at The Commons yet desire even more access to gardens and gardening. Unlike many developments, which are aimed at investors and renters, Nightingale 3’s owner-occupier communities will ensure that greenery thrives on both Sydney Road and Saxon Street. As apposed to apartment buildings occupied by renters, Nightingale 3.0 owner-occupiers they will be “house proud” and will ensure that the arched garden forms of their community add vibrancy and amenity to the broader context.

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