A sustainable precinct is to be built in Brunswick, Melbourne following the approval for the Nightingale Village.
The development will follow the award-winning Nightingale apartment concept. The concept is centralised around 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 allows eventual end users to have input on the design and features of their home.
With the developer’s profits capped at 15 per cent of total construction costs, the model is guided by the notion of affordability.
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 latest endeavour, Nightingale Village, involves the redevelopment of former industrial land adjacent to the Upfield rail corridor.
The 4,500 square meter site, which will run the length of Duckett Street in Brunswick, will now be developed into an eco-friendly residential precinct.
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. There will be the potential for shared renewable energy, collective rainwater harvesting, food production, and shared connected spaces.
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