Austin Maynard Architects has secured a site for the ‘Nightingale 3’ project, at 209 Sydney Road, Brunswick.
The site is close to public transport (Upfield rail and bicycle corridor, tram route 19, bus route 506), community hubs (Brunswick Baths, Brunswick Library) and educational institutions (Brunswick Secondary College, RMIT University).
Three major supermarkets, a host of fantastic food and entertainment venues (including The Cornish Arms, Host, Howler and The Spotted Mallard) are also within walking distance.
A participatory design survey, for registered potential purchasers to have their say on what is important to them, was undertaken in July 2016. Responses from the survey have been considered in the schematic design for the site. Maynard Architects announced that a developmental permit would be submitted shortly (below).
Clare Cousins Architects recently held an information session for potential impact investors for the fourth Nightingale project (Nightingale 4.0).
Nightingale 3.0 by Austin Maynard Architects ? Sydney Road, Brunswick ? www.maynardarchitects.com _ @maynardarchitect + @maustin3000 —– Some words from Mr Maynard… “Nightingalehousing 3.0 (Sydney Road, Brunswick) is off to council to seek a permit. Let the games begin! We have tried to create the best homes that we can within the very complex mesh of sustainability, liveability, low cost, and urban renewal, all within a heritage area. It’s been fun and games. We have had an amazing and dedicated team supporting us. We have tried our best. Fingers crossed.” Good luck! @nightingale.housing @moreland_city_council #nightingale3 #nightingalehousing #austinmaynardarchitects #residentialarchitecture #melbournearchitecture #victoriaarchitecture #australianarchitecture #architecture
The team is putting the final touches on their town planning application. Submission is expected to occur in mid-September 2016, with the hope of receiving planning approval in early 2017.
Open and engaging discussions with Moreland City Council continue. The team looks forward to continued collaboration to achieve better, liveable design outcomes for future Nightingale homeowners.
A purchaser information night will be held for the participatory design survey respondents once the town planning application has been submitted.
The Nightingale Model Explained
Nightingale supports, educates and advocates for the delivery of designer led multi-residential housing which considers at its core: social health; economic resilience; and environmental sustainability.
Nightingale is a triple bottom line apartment building that is ethically funded and holistically sustainable. Build costs and environmental impacts will be lowered through an architecture of reductionism and centralisation.
By way of material reduction, it seeks to implement an ideology of simplicity and an architecture governed by humanity and functionality, by need rather than by desire.
By taking out what is not needed: basement car parking, air- conditioning, second bathrooms, real estate agents, display suites, marketing and advertising teams we will reduce both the construction cost and the project cost.
By sharing infrastructure through centralised systems such as solar P.V., embedded network, solar hot water, hydronic heating, rainwater harvesting, and laundry facilities, we will decrease construction costs, decrease ongoing living costs for residents and reduce space and resources consumed by replicated services.
It catalyses industry change through creating demonstrative projects that are fairly and transparently priced, designed for people, community and the environment, and seeks to redefine the meaning and quality of city life by establishing a development model that is easily replicated and benefits the communities in which they are located.
It uses a deliberative development model where the purchasers (the future residents) have agency in decision-making. For too long our cities have developed based on financial interest rather than human well-being.
Who buys it?
FAMILIES, COUPLES, YOUNG PROFESSIONALS INTERESTED IN SUSTAINABLE LIVING
There are two parties to this process. Share Holders and Purchasers.
The project is to be funded by share holders. Share holding investors provide the capital to fund the project from the purchase of land through to apartment sales. These shareholders are Melbourne architects who have displayed a strong agenda towards socially sustainable/ethical/affordable design.
Apartments will then be sold to purchasers. The sales contracts, along with the equity in the land will then secure finance for construction.
We intend to sell 100% of apartments prior to construction commencement. We intend to sell all of these to owner- occupiers.
Following the completion of The Commons registering began for future purchasers for the next project. With over 90 registrations of interest, Nightingale 1.0 was aimed at meeting some of this demand.
A majority of the purchasers were young professionals, couples and families currently living within in a two-radius postcode of Brunswick, who want to live in a small apartment community as owner-occupiers. Many of these have been saving their deposits for years. Prior to The Commons, they had not been able to find a new apartment building in the Brunswick area that they wanted to live in.
Cost of Living at Nightingale:
Melbourne is ranked in the top most expensive cities in the world to live in. Nightingale is designed not only to reduce the carbon footprint for its occupants but also it is designed to reduce their ongoing living costs.
Nightingale residents will have lower utility and communication costs through centralised, shared services.
One of the ground floor commercial tenancies will be held by the owner’s co-orporation and leased. The rental income from this tenancy will subsidise owner’s corporation fees paid by the residents.
More than an apartment, Nightingale is about designing and facilitating a community. Shared public spaces and a rooftop garden encourage individuals to engage and interact with one-another, creating a more connected living space.
The Broader Vision:
Beyond designing another ‘sustainable’ building that is 8 star rated and well-performing, the aim is to create a more affordable urban housing template that others can use as a tool for urban betterment.
We intend for this project to be replicated by other architects with similar goals. We intend to support the replication of this model by releasing our intellectual property for this project to other architects intent on similar outcomes. We hope to engender an industry-wide attitude towards architectural activism via architect as ethical developer.
Method And Savings:
We aim to provide simple, quality apartments that are spacious, sustainable and affordable.
We will utilise a simplified development model that is honest and sustainable.
We aim to achieve this through an exercise in reduction. By taking out all that is unnecessary we can increase quality and reduce cost simultaneously. This was our approach at The Commons. We will apply these learnings at Nightingale.
Reduced Project Costs:
We aim to reduce marketing and sales costs by approximately $400k. We aim to reduce construction costs by approximately $1.1m
No Marketing Team or Advertising Fees-
– Saving approx. $50k
We will not engage a marketing team or pay for advertising. We already have registration demand by purchasers outstripping supply. We will sell directly to these purchasers.
No Display Suite-
– Saving approx. $100k
We will not build a display suite. (Two already exist.)
No Real Estate Agents-
– Saving approx. $250k
We will not engage Real Estate Agents (We will be setting apartment prices based on cost + profit and will sell direct to registered purchasers.)
No Basement Car Parking-
– Saving approx. $500k
The deletion of basement car parking will not only save construction costs but will also encourage sustainable transport options.
No Second Bathrooms-
– Saving approx. $200k.
The deletion of second bathrooms / ensuites will allow more space in the living areas of the apartments.
No Individual Laundries-
– Saving approx. $150k
The deletion of laundries in apartments will not only give more space to the living areas of the apartments but it will also facilitate community building through a shared rooftop laundry.
No Individual Services-
– Saving approx. $250k.
By using centralised, services to apartments and using check meters to monitor usage we can not only reduce infrastructure costs during construction but also reduce ongoing running costs for the occupants via higher efficiencies and lower metering costs.
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