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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

The Cullen in Prahran VIC, Australia by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

 
February 9th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source:  Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

JCB were commissioned to design a new boutique hotel for the Asian Pacific Group which included retail with a restaurant, bar, cafe plus five storey hotel development with setback gymnasium and pool on roof deck. An important idea for the architectural solution was to encourage a connection from Greville Street along the Grattan Gardens to Commercial Road.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
  • Project: The Cullen
  • Location: Prahran VIC, Australia
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Architect: Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects, Capitol Commercial Architecture
  • Project Team: Tim Jackson, Jon Clements, Graham Burrows, Michael Stelluto, Rob Kennon 
  • Contact Person: Tim Jackson 
  • Project Address: Commercial Road, Prahran Victoria, Australia 
  • Project Type: Hotel 
  • Project Size: Site area 1200m2 
  • Construction Cost: Confidential 
  • Completion Date: 2009 
  • Project Duration: Design – 6 months, Construction – 12 months
  • Interior design: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
  • Builder: Asian Pacific Group
  • Structural: Rincovitch Consultants
  • Interiors: Capitol Commercial Architecture
  • Software used: MicroStation

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

This has been done in two significant ways. Firstly, the building form is setback from the Grattan Street (4.5 – 6.0 metres) providing an active public open space while opening up a view corridor back to the park. Secondly, the built form reinforces this notion by expressing cantilevered forms as an active sculptural response to Grattan Street.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Conceptually this idea was developed by abstracting the gardens beyond (Grattan Gardens) into a vertical landscape of Lichen green zinc cantilevered boxes. Internally the boxes are finished in a shade of green to reinforce the idea of a landscape that is continuous from Greville Street to the Commercial Road interface.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

On the Commercial road façade this idea is inverted as random ‘pockets’ of virtual landscape. The scale and perceived depths of the balconies and windows are manipulated, reducing the building mass and referencing the turrets and datums in the surrounding context.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings 

Image Courtesy © John Gollings 

Image Courtesy Jackson Clements Burrows Architects 

Image Courtesy Jackson Clements Burrows Architects 

Image Courtesy Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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