EHDO Architecture has become the first interstate firm to implement the award-winning Nightingale housing model outside of Melbourne, making its home in a semi-industrial area 12 minutes’ walk from central Fremantle with convenient public transport options.
Nightingale Fremantle received planning approval with the council taking 45 seconds to make their decision at their committee meeting. “If we could give out gold stars for applications this one would be covered in them” commented Cr Bryn Jones from the City of Fremantle.
With a focus on environmental responsibility, Nightingale Fremantle will include a substantial photovoltaic array to power the building and reduce running costs for tenants. Other features include water-wise gardens and water storage; and the use of sustainable building materials and passive solar design principles.
EHDO’s design for this environmentally minded mixed-use development contains 15 apartments (average 9.5 star rated) and 270m2 of commercial space (plus amenities) for a Nightingale community currently in the making.
Through clever integration of extensive gardens and landscaping, EHDO aims to make the apartments as attractive as possible to families in an attempt to tackle the idea that families require suburban blocks with large gardens. It is also exploring how the body corporate can further reduce running costs to the tenants by being an active, income-generating entity.
Nightingale Fremantle is due to commence construction early 2019.
For more information visit https://www.nightingalefremantle.com.au
Living spaces are oriented to capture northern light; windows and doors are double glazed with a generous terrace and integrated garden.
Each apartment has been carefully sited and designed to avoid overshadowing and overlooking of the others; residents can autonomously maintain their privacy and seek out interaction when it suits them.
A central garden space ensures all apartments have access to north light and are dual aspect to capitalise on the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ for cross ventilation and free passive cooling in summer.