Livability has historically been associated with detached dwellings. Is this affordable into the future? Sebastian has explored the concept of retaining an historic housing typology in a vertical arrangement. For more inspiration, please visit 'Co. Bell'.

Livability has historically been associated with detached dwellings. Is this affordable into the future? Sebastian has explored the concept of retaining an historic housing typology in a vertical arrangement. For more inspiration, please visit 'Co. Bell'.

Nightingale Night School...

The Nightingale model started through the birth of 'The Commons', a new apartment typology and the brain-child of Jeremy McLeod and Breathe Architecture. Situated on Florence Street in Brunswick, a Northern suburb of Melbourne, the name 'Nightingale' is a tribute to Florence Nightingale, a social reformer and statistician in England during the 19th Century. 

'The Lady with the Lamp' brought light to the understanding of medical procedures used in nursing and was instrumental in advocating for improved practices in line with a more scientific model. In a similar light, where quality healthcare was previously unavailable through poor procedure, the current practice of the housing provision in the current market lacks affordability. The development of most medium-density housing at present places too high a priority on profit. The Nightingale Model strives to re-prioritise the way we develop our urban environments.

Jasmin questioned what it means to be a family in a future urban environment, changing the way children live in an apartment block. For more inspiration, please visit 'Reconstructing the Village'.

Jasmin questioned what it means to be a family in a future urban environment, changing the way children live in an apartment block. For more inspiration, please visit 'Reconstructing the Village'.

We can change the way we think...

As many cities like Melbourne experience an immense growth in population over the next few decades, there is a need for more affordable, higher density housing solutions without sacrificing excellent design. We must live in spaces that inspire us to be human. The Nightingale model promotes an equal priority on Financial Outcome, Sustainability and Livability. Currently in Australia (as of November 2016), there are four Nightingale projects at different stages from design and planning, to construction and contract administration. In reducing the cost of apartments by removing market-driven spaces such as second bathrooms and car-parking and foregoing the use of real estate agents and marketing, the Nightingale model creates shared facilities and spaces for humans to enjoy. More information regarding the Nightingale model is available at the official website:  www.nightingalehousing.org.

An apartment block does not only have to be dwellings. Rachel explored the concept of introducing  a micro-brewery into the communal space of an apartment block. For more inspiration, please visit 'Home Brew'.

An apartment block does not only have to be dwellings. Rachel explored the concept of introducing  a micro-brewery into the communal space of an apartment block. For more inspiration, please visit 'Home Brew'.

We all have the potential to be paradigm shifters...

Through the twelve week semester offered by Jeremy McLeod and Mark Ng from Breathe Architecture with the assistance of Joel Harvey from PHOOEY Architects as part of the Master of Architecture degree at the University of Melbourne, fourteen humans had the privilege of immersing themselves into the philosophy and practice of the Nightingale Housing model. A number of incredibly inspiring humans provided insight into the model and its future. Visiting were; Dan McKenna, Bonnie Herring, Bettina Robinson and Madeline Sewall from Breathe Architecture, Bridghid Sammon from Hansen, Mark Jaques from Openwork, Chris Botteril from JCB and Pete Steele from HIP v HYPE. 

The Commons, Nightingale 1 and Nightingale 3 are all in the the Local Government Area of Moreland and we were privileged also to understand the future of the city of Moreland through a visit by Samantha Ratnam, the city's mayor. Our guest speaker series concluded with a visit from the General Manager of Nightingale Housing, Jessie Hochberg, outlining the vision and future of the model.

What type of dwelling do Millennials seek? Renee explored this question in her solution, creating a space for an alternative lifestyle. For more inspiration, please visit 'The Youth Commune'.

What type of dwelling do Millennials seek? Renee explored this question in her solution, creating a space for an alternative lifestyle. For more inspiration, please visit 'The Youth Commune'.

We have all been inspired...

There is so much potential in knowing what has been done and what works well. We had attended four site visits and were inspired in the way architects had interpreted the brief of the urbane. Visiting 'The Commons' (Breathe Architecture), 'Hellier Street' (6 Degrees), 'Beverley Hills' (Howard Lawson) and Oxford and Peel (Jackson Clements Burrows Architects), there were four different demonstrations of medium density housing. Inspiration is truly the reception and implementation of influence. Each one of us has a different experience and would pick up on the beauty of architecture in unique ways, all of which are correct. A common trait of all the projects is the connection and appreciation of nature and how it affects the lives of the inhabitants. From the sculptural-like voids of Beverley Hills to the greenery at the base of the lightwells at The Commons, there were many different ways to connect deeply with our affinity with the natural world.

Ravi explored the concept of creating form through principles of Ecologically Sustainable Design and measuring the effects of design on the science of a building. For more inspiration, please visit 'Anova'.

Ravi explored the concept of creating form through principles of Ecologically Sustainable Design and measuring the effects of design on the science of a building. For more inspiration, please visit 'Anova'.

We understand Architecture beyond the Drawing Board...

It is a privilege to work in the architectural profession. It is a privilege to shape and create an environment which changes the way people think about their lives. It is a privilege to create a benefit for all humans. All these are beyond the scope of the drawing board.

During the first half of the semester, we undertook numerous feasibility studies to better understand the costs associated with an apartment block. It is not worth building the impossible and making the connection between a theoretical project and the real ramifications of decisions adds an extra skill into all of our toolboxes. On top of this, we were able to understand a bit more about the urban connection, through planning and strategies implemented in resources from each Local Government Area pertinent to the feasibility studies we had conducted.

The main principle in architecture is to be able to communicate an idea, a concept and a space. Throughout the semester, we all created lightning sketches at the start of each class. The more you do, the more you improve your communication skills and connect better with your clients and co-workers.

Elizabeth looked towards the future in her exploration of what a community might look like in a generation of time. The concept is really exciting and you can be inspired by visiting 'The Local Quarter'.

Elizabeth looked towards the future in her exploration of what a community might look like in a generation of time. The concept is really exciting and you can be inspired by visiting 'The Local Quarter'.

We are excited about the future...

There is nothing more satisfying than reflecting on a major achievement and for each of us, Nightingale Night School has been inspiring, integrating and invoking. We have worked hard to understand the bigger picture. We have worked hard to detail our creativity and flare onto our individual projects. We have worked hard to inspire our fellow humans.

We are ready. We are ready to progress what we understand. We are ready and are already a part of the bigger picture to provide solutions for a better way of living and a fairer opportunity for those who need it the most. Architecture is not a profession you leave at the office, it is one that is constantly fed by your environment and interactions as you journey through the world. Let it be a part of who you are and let yourself embrace the need to do the best you can with all you have been equipped with.

Like Lola, we are grateful for our exposure to the Nightingale Housing model. Lola has explored the concept of renting to buy. For more inspiration, please visit 'The Commune'.

Like Lola, we are grateful for our exposure to the Nightingale Housing model. Lola has explored the concept of renting to buy. For more inspiration, please visit 'The Commune'.

We are grateful for this experience...

During the semester, we have had immense inspiration and exposure to excellent architecture and it could not have been as successful without the assistance of the following humans.


Nightingale Housing

The Nightingale Housing Team | www.nightingalehousing.org


Studio Leaders

with assistance from

Jeremy McLeod and Mark Ng from Breathe Architecture | www.breathe.com.au

with assistance from Joel Harvey from PHOOEY Architects |  www.phooey.com.au


Guest Critics

Clare Cousins from Clare Cousins Architects | www.clarecousins.com.au

James Legge from Six Degrees Architects | www.sixdegrees.com.au 

and Andrew Maynard from Austin Maynard Architects | www.maynardarchitects.com


Melbourne School of Design