Located on a prominent corner, in close proximity to community facilities, public transport and parklands, this new urban infill apartment development has been designed to reference the industrial history of the Brunswick East neighbourhood whilst shaping a rejuvenated and activated new identity for the site. The 7 storey, 7.5 star apartment building comprises 77 one, two and three bedroom apartments, with retail tenancies fronting Nicholson Street at ground level providing street activation that links into the nearby shopping strip and creating a place for connection for the residential community above and beyond. Designed to attract a target market of young professionals and downsizers, the apartment complex offers optimum inner suburban amenity, providing 1 bicycle space per apartment, basement car parking, open plan living with generous balconies, and large rooftop terraces to encourage a sense of community.
The development is split into the two distinct and unique properties of Little Miller and Nightingale, providing a cohesive industrial, pared down aesthetic whilst presenting as separate properties both functionally and by identity. The built form of Little Miller Apartments is articulated by bold contrasts of light and dark, and void and extrusion, with the solid brick materiality echoing a warehouse aesthetic that is given a fresh look via a black and white palette, and geometric cutouts providing privacy to balconies but welcoming light into apartments. The Nightingale Apartments’ design celebrates the site by introducing light wells, open-air common areas, planted facades, and a large rooftop terrace, conceptually referencing Brunswick’s industrial and manufacturing heritage. Raw and recycled brick add character to the Nightingale exterior, with metallic mesh admitting light and enabling plants to grow up the facades.
Both Little Miller & Nightingale are among the most sustainable residential developments in Victoria, boasting a 7.5 star average NatHERS rating and incorporating abundant green spaces as well as 100% fossil fuel-free building operations and fully embedded networks, with Nightingale also incorporating a wealth of recycled materials and utilising smart construction methods with pared down interior and exterior finishes—a benchmark for environmentally conscious design.