The Commons

Perched on the rail line in Brunswick, Melbourne, The Commons is a project that is sending ripples throughout the urban development industry. The five story, 24 unit apartment building not only demonstrates design excellence and exceptional sustainability credentials, it’s challenging the very core of how conventional multi-residential housing is being delivered.

Led by Melbourne-based Breathe Architecture, and completed in 2013, The Commons is the prototype of the Nightingale model, which promotes designer-led, rather than profit-led housing. The Commons’ raw, stripped-back style speaks to its authenticity.

The reductionist approach saves materials, maintenance and money. Absent ceilings create greater internal volume, and shared facilities mean more generous living areas. The designer-led process translates to quality, simplicity and detail.

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