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June 9, 2022

Next to Fairfield Railway Station sits 20 apartments designed for people, not investors. Nightingale 2 follows the principles of Nightingale Housing, which seeks to provide apartments that are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable.

Six Degrees Architects were approached to deliver Nightingale 2, and found a site in Fairfield that provided access to sunlight on all four sides and access to public transport, bike paths and shopping within walking distance. In addition, this location meant Six Degrees Architects eliminated the need for personal car ownership.

Within Nightingale 2, there are three commercial tenancies and bike storage on the ground floor. Above that, there are four 2-bedroom apartments and one 1-bedroom apartment on each level for four levels. The roof terrace features a communal room, a communal laundry and an outdoor clothesline, and to the east is a landscaped roof deck area.

Sustainability is at the forefront of these apartments, averaging 8.7 stars natHERS rating. With an all-electric approach adopted, gas has been removed, utilising the solar panels on the roof and an embedded network that purchases green energy. The living areas face north, with exposed concrete acting as thermal mass to help regulate the inside temperature. The open walkways to the south of the apartment building allow for cross-ventilation in the apartments.

Nightingale 2 was designed and built for people, not investors. As a result, the Nightingale Housing model questions the need for a second bathroom and dedicated laundry in a two-bedroom apartment. Removing these rooms allows for a larger living space and a more affordable apartment, but the owners also get a better apartment.

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