“Undiscovered West Texas” Workplace
Located at the Domain in Austin, Texas, this 250,000 sq. ft. office space was designed for a confidential global tech company wanting to communicate their culture through the colorful lens and authentic character of what it means to be in West Texas. Situated within a first-generation grey shell office building, the design was afforded a blank slate upon which to paint, both truly and metaphorically, an “Undiscovered West Texas” concept. The vision, as outlined by the client, was to provide a forward-thinking workplace that encourages wellness at work, enhance productivity, and align a West Texas attitude with their commonly referenced core company values.
The design, modeled off of a West Texas road trip, captures wild and surprising traits of seven destinations, each of which defined one of the project’s seven floors. Funky and unexpected design elements channel the magical ecosystem of West Texas rivers, valleys, canyons, and natural springs, and provide moments of curiosity through biophilic responses.
In an effort to layer authenticity, equity, and sustainability into the design, Cushing Terrell prioritized local resources for products and artistic features. Such contributors included a builder based in Austin’s neighboring Hill Country, who provided the rammed earth reception desk, and an artist from Mexico whose custom indigenous artwork is featured.
“Similar to wild West Texas, this project threw us many unexpected twists. What started out as a small design team grew into a large and collaborative team of artists, interior designers, architects, and contractors that pushed the creativity and end-user experience to create a functional space filled with surprising moments and details.”
– Grace Kirby