The Nightingale model demonstrates affordable and sustainable urban housing in Australia is no longer an urban myth.
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ousing that’s stylish, sustainable, affordable and liveable, as well as conveniently close to the amenities offered by our cities? This enviable concept may sound like an impossible dream in Australia’s heated and speculative property market, but for an exciting initiative spreading across the country – Nightingale Housing. Spearheaded by a group of sociallyconscious architects, the Nightingale model is all about delivering beautiful, well-built and well-sized – not oversized – homes for real life. Much of the excitement for home buyers lies in the potential freedom from having to settle on proﬁt-driven developments that dominate housing supply in cities; usually built with little consideration for people, community or the environment. Jessie Hochberg, general manager of Nightingale Housing, says that sustainability is at the core of this replicable model. ‘There’s no speciﬁc design that is Nightingale…[it] is a system used to produce housing,’ she explains.
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