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Little Miller & Nightingale Brunswick East

A fresh take on the Nightingale model

THE IDEA

Little Miller & Nightingale Brunswick East are co-located urban infill projects four kilometres from the CBD. They represent two of Victoria’s most sustainable residential communities. This new benchmark for financial, social, environmental sustainability was a collaboration between ClarkeHopkinsClarke (architect), Lucent Capital (developer), Nightingale Housing, Breathe Architecture (interior design) and Openwork (landscape design).

THE SOLUTION

This seven-storey development includes 77 one-two- and three-bedroom apartments and retail tenancies on Nicholson Street that integrate with nearby shops and activate ground level.

Little Miller and Nightingale present as separate entities with their own building core and lobbies. But they share communal spaces like secure basement bike storage and car parking, laundries and rooftop terraces designed to force strong connections between residents. They’re located close to local transport including the Nicholson Street tramline, Park Street and Merri Creek bike paths, local buses and car share options.

Both apartments share exceptional, 7.5-star average NatHERS ratings. They incorporate abundant green space and embedded energy networks to reduce metering costs, and no fossil fuels. They reference the neighbourhood’s industrial history while activating a fresh approach to collaborative design and building sustainable communities.

“The team is moving away from the traditional approach to developing a multi-residential housing building with this site, using instead the Nightingale model with its values of financial, social and environmental sustainability.” 

Nightingale Housing

THE IMPACT

Little Miller and Nightingale deliver seamless community integration and amongst the highest sustainability credentials in the state. But they also provide two distinct properties, each with their models of sale, identities and contrasting aesthetics. Little Miller is articulated with solid white brick – a contemporary take on the area’s historic warehouses – and bold contrasts of light and dark, void and extrusion.

Little Miller Apartments sold out almost immediately via a traditional model involving real estate agents Castran Gilbert. Nightingale Apartments also sold out almost immediately, using its model of pre-registration and ballot system. The success of this exciting collaboration for all concerned shows clear market demand for affordable, high quality apartments offering real community and genuine sustainability.

ADDRESS

Nicholson Street Brunswick East

STATUS

In development