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Nightingale Village

10 Duckett Street, Brunswick

Client: Duckett Acquisition Collective Pty Ltd
Architect: Hayball, Clare Cousins Architects, Austin Maynard Architects, Kennedy Nolan, Breathe Architecture, Architecture Architecture
Contract Type: Design & Construct / ECI model
The Nightingale Village is a collection of six neighbouring buildings, each designed by a different award-winning architect using the social, environmental and financial sustainability principles of the Nightingale model. These principles were embedded in every building, and across the street.


While each building has its own investors and is its own financial entity led by the architect, the adjacency of the developments offered a unique chance to co-operate and align with each other to achieve better outcomes across the site for investors, future residents, retailers and at the street level.


It’s not an urban experiment, but a chance to change the way housing is built on a wider scale and to create smart, deliberate and liveable density. 

The project was completed June 2022.

Photography courtesy of Tom Ross and Glenn Hester Photography.


Hacer Group was engaged in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) role by Duckett Acquisition Collective Pty Ltd, to resolve the designs and confirm buildability and achievement of the Village’s ambitious Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) objectives. Coming off the delivery of Burwood Brickworks which achieved similarly high ESD aspirations, we had suggestions on how to achieve the ESD outcomes including the best methods for sourcing materials which proved invaluable during the height of the COVID pandemic.

Working with the project team, including ESD Consultants Integral Group and WSP, Hacer Group ensured that the Nightingale Village incorporated energy efficient and sustainable design - exemplifying the Nightingale Model principles of passive design, material reductionism, quality architecture, shared amenity, and low operational costs for tenants with extensive open and communal spaces helping to provide to an integrated community for residents.


Each of the 6 buildings features rooftop rainwater collection for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation (supporting generous rooftop gardens and green facades), a solar PV array, high performing façade, centralised heat pump for hydronic heating and an embedded network which provides residents and tenants 100% fossil fuel-free power. 5 of the 6 buildings have an average NatHERS rating of 7.5 stars, with the 6th building achieving a 9 Star building average.


To date, Nightingale Village has been awarded:

  • INDE. – ‘Best of the Best’

  • INDE. – ‘’The Multi-Residential Building’

  • MELBOURNE Design Awards – Gold in the ‘Environmental Sustainability’ category

  • MELBOURNE Design Awards – Silver in the ‘Multi Residential – Constructed’ category

  • Victorian Architecture Awards – ‘The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize’

  • Victorian Architecture Awards – ‘The Allan and Beth Coldicutt Awards for Sustainability’

  • Victorian Architectural Awards – ‘Multiple Housing Award’

  • Victorian Architectural Awards – ‘Urban Design Award’

  • ULI 2023 Asia Pacific Award for Excellence

  • Master Builders Association of Victoria – ‘Best Sustainable Project’


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