Nightingale Model was born. Twenty-five investors provided the seed financing for Nightingale 1.0, the first project to be built based on the model. More encouraging though was the response from potential buyers. Soon, over 60 people were applying to live in the five-storey building on 6 Florence Street, Brunswick, which only has 20 apartments. Yet good things rarely come easy. Nightingale 1.0 gained the support of Moreland Council, but Chaucer Enterprises, who planned to develop neighbouring plot 8 Florence Street, challenged this approval. The developers lodged an appeal with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), arguing that it was unfair that Nightingale 1.0 was exempted from the planning car park provisions they were subjected to. Their appeal was successful, and VCAT Senior Member Russell Byard noted that while the first generation of Nightingale 1.0 residents may have been vetted and would not require car parking spaces, successive generations as well as guests of the residences would demand the parking provisions in the future. The next project proposed by Six Degrees Architects based on the model, Nightingale 2.0, went through a similar fate. The project’s approval by the Darebin Council in May 2016 was challenged by a group of 17 local residents, who questioned the impact the building may have on pedestrians and traffic, as well as its inadequate car parking spaces. But all is well that ends well. Although the design team had to concede by adding three car slots – whilst sacrificing 27 bike spaces – to get the project past the line, Nightingale 1.0 topped out in March and will be completed later this year. In February, VCAT also issued a planning permit approval for Nightingale 2.0 to proceed. Then there are the other wins by the Nightingale force, which continue to increase in both scale and number. For example, Melbourne-based Andrew Maynard Architects (who are designing Nightingale 3.0 in Melbourne) and Brisbane’s James Davidson Architect, announced they will be collaborating across borders to bring Nightingale to Queensland for the first time. EHDO Architecture has also been awarded a license to design the first Nightingale Housing project in Western Australia, with the project now undergoing equity raising. “In 10 years, there might be 500 [Nightingale projects] running,” McLeod suggested in a 2015 TED Talk. “But the idea is that we catalyse an industry change from the ground up, with architects leading the charge.” To find out more about the Nightingale Housing model and upcoming projects, visit