The Cullen is a boutique, five storey art hotel in Prahran, containing ground floor retail, restaurant, bar and café, with gymnasium and pool on the roof deck. It joins a series of artist-hotel that includes The Olsen and The Blackman.

The building sits on the busy corner of Grattan Street and Commercial Road and is set back from Grattan Street, to provide an active public open space and vista to the park beyond. Balconies are contained within cantilevered boxes that provide an expressive and sculptural building facade. The coloured pattern of these green-lined boxes creates a dynamic vertical landscape. On the Commercial Road facade this idea is inverted, as green boxes at the same scale press into and puncture the facade, referencing the turrets and datums of the surrounding context.

The Cullen embraces the site’s eclectic, dynamic location with a building exterior that is unashamedly bold and colourful, drawing on the hotel’s artistic interior that features an estimated 450 works of contemporary Australian art.

 

Date:

2009

Gross Floor Area:

5 stories with rooftop gymnasium and pool (site area 1200sq/m)

Client:

Asian Pacific Group

Consultant:

Rincovitch Consultants

General Contractor:

Asian Pacific Group

Photography:

John Gollings