Breathe Architecture

Welcome to Florence Street

MATERIALS: Projector

This is old Brunswick, it’s industrial, and it’s run down, yet there exists a strangely endearing quality of this area - it’s people, it’s sense of community. It is a melting pot of migrant activity, everyone coming together to form one totally imperfect community.

Emerging from the success of neighbouring apartment building The Commons, Nightingale 1 is the inaugural project of the Nightingale Model - a replicable, triple bottom line housing model with an overarching priority towards social, economic and environmental sustainability.

At it’s heart, Nightingale is all about people. Its architecture serves as a catalyst to unite a group of similar values and build a community. Apartments are affordable, sustainable, and easy to live in. Purchaser engagement from early stages has allowed the building to be designed completely with the end user in mind.

Nightingale’s form is a simple response to Brunswick’s industrial heritage. Its steel framed winter-gardens respond to traditional warehouse characteristics whilst its recycled cream brick responds to the single storey single brick warehouses that once populated the vicinity. The ground floor of Nightingale is about creating engagement between the Nightingale residents and the street, whilst reaching out to the wider Brunswick community. Seating nooks and a semi public laneway to the heart of the building activate the ground floor.

Importantly, we looked beyond the drawing board to find values aligned organisations to occupy and to engage. Young up and comers Branch Studio Architects and Home.One, a not for profit who train homeless people in hospitality, look out onto Florence Street. Nightingale Housing, the organisation, are our anchor tenant looking out onto the lush fernery. Basing themselves here, allows them to take tours of the building so that future architects, city makers and residents can see and feel what its like to live in a Nightingale.

Nightingale 1 is made up of a series of meaningful architectural moments. The planning was kept simple. Materiality took precedence over form. A partments are affordable, sustainable, generous, easy to live in, and light filled. It is filled with great neighbours and good people - it is home to individuals, couples and families, from all walks of life. You know your neighbours and most have pets. Accommodating all ages without limit, you can grow old here. Nightingale is exceptional in its sustainability outcomes. It's the first building in the country to be connected under an embedded network that is 100% fossil fuel free. Nightingale is carbon neutral in its operation - no gas.

We designed the building, the electrical reticulation, the owners corporation rules and the embedded network and metering systems and the metering and sharing of the solar so that every Nightingale resident receives 100% green power.

Nightingale includes

  • Passive principles achieving an average 8.2 stars
  • Parking for 42 bicycles
  • Car Share
  • rooftop gardens
  • Shared rooftop laundry
  • Natural light and ventilation to all bedrooms
  • Shared 18kW PV array
  • Shared solar hot water system
  • Shared hydronic heating boiler
  • Re-use of rainwater for irrigation, laundry and shared amenities
  • Recycled timber floors
  • Exposed concrete structure
  • Form ply joinery
  • Concrete bench tops
  • Hydronic heating
  • Double glazed, thermally broken windows

Nightingale excludes:

  • Car parking
  • Air-conditioning
  • Second bathrooms
  • Individual laundries
  • Plasterboard ceilings
  • Chrome
  • Toxic finishes

Exhibitors (cont.)

Vert Design and Spark & Burnish

Marine Debris Bakelite Door Knob

Marine Debris Plastic

Marine Debris Bakelite is a series of designed objects characterised by a marbled quality that references early Bakelite in look, weight and density. It is made from recycled o...
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Vert Design

Huskee Cup

Coffee Husk Waste Composite Plastic

HuskeeCup is a considered, design driven response to a mature reusable coffee cup market. Visually iconic; functionally sophisticated; HuskeeCup and accessories are made from a...
Further Reading

(U-P) Paul Fuog, Uriah Gray, Will Neill, Leannue Gu

This as that


Expanding on U-P’s study of appropriation in design, This as that Volume 1 is a photographic book documenting Lifehacks.
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Rachel Byron, Ryan Robinette and Tom Skeehan


Fabric, Foam, Paper, Plastic, Resin

Morphing used baby garments, toys and packaging into objects for use by the same child in a toddler’s playroom. Repetition and and raw materials have been a driving narrative t...
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Tom Fereday, Ash Allen and Studio Kyss


Recycled Glass

Cullet represents a series of sculptural objects produced from recycled waste glass (cullet).
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Thomas Coward & Nick Rennie



Designers Rennie and Coward present new items created from waste marble salvaged from residential building sites.
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Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box

Marine Debris Bakelite Developed by ...

The Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box has been designed as a versatile container for lunch, snacks or storage.
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Studio Edwards


Mycelium (Ganoderma steyaertanum), B...

The primary component for fabrication of the chip stool is the sawdust collected from Australian pine softwood. Collected from the studio during woodworking operations such as ...
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Sarah Ceravolo


HDPE Polyethelene, Stainless Steel

Australian hospitals produce 260 million kilograms of solid waste each year and health care facilities are growing at a rate of 5 percent. Grip provides ergonomically designed ...
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Matt Lenz, Paul Mylecharane (Public Office)

A Discrete Infinity

Chromium Browser, Networked Raspberr...

Each moment we spend interacting with our personal devices, we secrete. Much like spiders, we are weaving webs that map our daily movements, our interactions, spending habits a...
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Niklavs Rubenis, Halie Rubenis and Brett Lamb

Object Realities - Hard Rubbish Ep...

Film (Digital)

Based in the designer’s hometown of Queanbeyan (NSW), Object Realities - Hard Rubbish is the first instalment from a series of propositional short films exploring one of the mo...
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Morgan Doty

CMYK Stool

Waste Paper, Biodegradable Glue, Ame...

CMYK Stool explores the recycling and reuse of waste paper as a viable furniture product. Shredded paper pulp is moulded over a CNC cut form; utilising digital fabrication tech...
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Mark Richardson


Glass, Aluminium, Plastic, Stainless...

TeMo (tensegrity-modular) investigates how ‘product longevity’ can be achieved through modular design. Connective components are designed up-front for multiple lives rather tha...
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Maddison Ryder

Lettuce Eat

Iceberg Lettuce, Xanthan Gum

Re-defining what waste is, Lettuce Eat is the result of working with wasted food, and reconstituting it to become a material of workability, adaptability and transformability, ...
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Liane Rossler & Kate Dunn


Oyster Shell Concrete

Pearler is created from waste oyster shells. The name is in reference to the shape of the work, the materials used, & as a play on the Aussie slang word 'Pearler' meaning pleas...
Further Reading

Kristen Wang

Re.Bean Coffee Project

Spent Coffee Ground Waste

Making from locally collected coffee ground waste, Re.Bean Coffee Project explores a brand new sustainable material for furniture pieces. The project features not only a unique...
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Jonathan Ben-Tovim

Standard Issue

Plaspanel' plastric sheet made from ...

‘Standard Issue’ is an exploration off what is possible with ‘off the shelf’ sheet materials that are made from recycled content. Using ‘Plaspanel’ made from recycled HDPE plas...
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James Walsh

33° 51' 40'' S 151° 12' 46'' E

Sand Stone Core Sample, Brass Components

Prior to construction, core samples are taken to test the foundations of a landscape and are an excavated time capsule that symbolise the transition from a naturally formed env...
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James Lemon

Unfinished Business

Ceramic Sink, Ceramic Toilet, Oxides...

Unfinished Business is a project that addresses unsustainable consumer behaviours by extending lives of objects destined for landfill. The bathroom fittings were found roadside...
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Jake Rollins


Golf Balls

GolfWeave turns the discarded golf ball into a homogenous building block. Woven and tensioned, these beaten up, but sturdy little balls can grow through space to create functio...
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Hugh Altschwager

Dropper Chair

Old Growth Hardwood Fencing Droppers...

Dropper Chair explores the re-use of farm materials that have served their first use for 60 plus years but are either no longer fit for their intended primary purpose or have b...
Further Reading

Guy Keulemans with Kiyotaka Hashimoto

Archaeologic Vase (series 5)

Stoneware, Paint, Sterling Silver St...

Ceramic stapling is the most ancient and effective means to repair crockery and reduce ceramic waste, but has almost completely disappeared from use. Keulemans learnt it from b...
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Ebony Heidenreich

Earth Works

Ceramic Waste Collected from Drain S...

Earth Works looks at the issue of tailings - the unusable by-product of mined ore. To avoid contaminating waterways, this sludge gets housed in large dams indefinitely. In resp...
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Danny Ngo and Adam Goodrum

Bellbottom Lounger

Denim Jean Pulp, Bio-degradeble Glue

Revitalizing waste denim jeans - pulverised and soaked in a biodegradable glue mix, cures and intertwines the tensegrity of denim fibres. While fashion is transient, denim pulp...
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Christopher Boots, Heidi Chaloupka, Sam Fuller and Jules Zaccak

Plattō Table

Quartz, Stone, Brass, Jesmonite and ...

Inspired by the dynamic and often colourful character of Terrazzo, and the boundless compositions of mosaic, we experimented with various discarded offcuts to rebirth them into...
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