CRT+YRD – Nightingale Village Precinct

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CRT+YRD is one of seven architect-designed buildings that make up the Nightingale Village precinct in Brunswick, Victoria. CRT+YRD is Hayball’s first building to be constructed under the Nightingale model of design and financing. This page will share the latest news and information about CRT+YRD as it progresses towards completion in 2020 and beyond!

Current Status

Hayball’s design has been submitted for planning approval with Moreland City Council. The next information evening, where the architects reveal details on their building designs will be held on Monday June 18th, more information and bookings here.

An Identity is born

Hayball’s building within the Nightingale Village now has its own identity! After an internal naming competition, we decided to go with a name that simply and succinctly describes its most important feature and the design element that will most define it. CRT+YRD is more than a name, it is an ethos and an identity that will support our building and our residents, as well as encouraging an easy understanding of the idea behind the design.

Occupant Over Object

Nightingale Village is an evolutionary development that will ignite Melbourne’s urban landscape and showcase the lifestyle and financial advantages of the Nightingale housing model. This important project feeds directly into Hayball’s passion for creating outstanding places and shaping sustainable communities.

Together with six other distinguished architectural practices, Hayball jointly invested to secure the Nightingale Village site in Brunswick, and designed one of the seven multi-residential buildings that are being built there under the Nightingale Housing model (that advocates sustainable, high-quality, affordable housing). The development as a whole is being created through a highly collaborative design process, including regular peer reviews and input from future residents to ensure the best results are achieved for each building and the precinct as a whole.

The Hayball building is named CRT+YRD, a name that describes its most important feature and design element. CRT+YRD also reflects the ethos and an identity that supports the building and its residents. Designed from the inside out, the architectural response was driven by the site and its context to provide a unique internal response that brings joy and delight to residents.

Designed from the inside out

Hayball has designed CRT+YRD from a human-centric, user-first ethos that celebrates community and provides settings that allow for interaction, prioritising occupants over objects. The courtyard at the heart of the building was the primary catalyst for the design, and has also become the characteristic motif for the whole project, providing abundant lighting as well as passive ventilation and surveillance throughout.

By designing from the inside out and keeping the focus squarely on the resident experience CRT+YRD ensures that all homes provide opportunities for connection and retreat, with thoughtful landscaping, plants and shared garden spaces contributing to the oasis of calm at its core and supporting a healthy vibrant community.

Nightingale Village Architectural Collaborators: Architecture Architecture, Austin Maynard Architects, Breathe Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, Kennedy Nolan and WOWOWA Architecture

Creating places where people want to live not leave!

What is the Nightingale model?

The Nightingale model is a set of systems and processes for housing provision. The model exists to enable licensed architects to develop Nightingale buildings using the learnings and interrogations of architects who have previously developed Nightingale buildings. Find out more about the Nightingale Model here

Architectural Collaborators
Architecture Architecture
Austin Maynard Architects
Breathe Architecture
Clare Cousins Architects
Kennedy Nolan
WOWOWA Architecture


  • Third Information Evening June 18 2018
  • Prospective purchasers tour of Hayball project TBC July-August 2018
  • Small Group Information Sessions TBC August September 2018
  • Town planning approval target October 2018
  • Land settlement/subdivision November 2018
  • Purchaser presentation night and survey October 2018
  • Purchaser sales night March 2019
  • Construction July 2019-September 2020
  • Settlement October 2020

Further reading:

Nightingale Housing – official website
Nightingale Housing wants you to have a nice apartment – The Design Files
Nightingale reaches the village scale – now “anything is possible” – The Fifth Estate, informative article on the model
Nightingale announces new Melbourne project – Green Magazine, interview with Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architecture)
Nightingales Magnificent Seven On Show For The First
Nightingale Village – Episode II: CRT + YRD
Hayball’s Bianca Hung Talks Nightingale Village –