Austin, TX — Recently completed, the Indeed Tower delivers a vibrant mixed-use environment in the epicenter of Austin’s core business district. At 36 stories tall, the office building stands as the tallest and largest office tower in downtown Austin and offers tenants an unparalleled experience through its extensive office amenities, including a fitness center, dedicated conference center and outdoor terraces.
Area: 400 m2
Photography: Dane Alonso
Commercial Interior Design: Britt Design Group
Architect: Page Architect
Builder: DPR Construction
Indeed Tower Developer: Trammell Crow
Indeed Tower’s floor plates, at an average size of ~34,000 sq. ft., is among the largest in the market, making the project attractive to the growing tech tenant population while maintaining flexibility to appeal to more traditional office users. The public spaces (ground and second floor) were created by Page, DPR Construction, and Britt Design Group.
Britt Design Group, the Austin based award winning commercial design firm, curated furnishing space plans and designed the custom furnishings and finishes to coordinate with the architectural buildout of the voluminous public areas located on the ground floor and second floor. “The vast, vaulted public spaces called for high impact furnishings,” says Laura Britt, founding principal, Britt Design Group. “Distinctly separate gathering spaces, smaller pockets of lounge seating and working areas were created to allow for a variety of experiences within the space.”
A variety of lounge areas encourage conversation and engagement throughout the space. These areas respond to the building program and architectural conditions. Street facing seating areas activate the front façade of the building, while the larger lounge area adjacent to the courtyard accommodates large groups. The lower-level street facing areas are an active gathering space for visitors waiting for a quick meeting downstairs or to be escorted up into the tower. The auditorium style stair and meeting area provides a natural transition between the active entry areas and more passive courtyard connections.
Upstairs on the second floor a generous conference room provides a private and semi-transparent space for large meetings. A comfortable waiting area is provided at the top of the open staircase. In close proximity to the kitchen area and meeting rooms is an additional large gathering space for people to linger between training sessions and meetings. The oversized sofa with an intermittently open back creates a natural connection between the kitchen and lounge spaces. Custom benches located in the ‘overlooks’ incorporate similar design detailing as the standing height work tables and provide a spot to perch for a quick phone call or conversation. In contrast to the sleek architectural backdrop, strong sculptural shapes along with a variety of color and pattern in textiles add interest in the furnishings. Deep jewel tones bring color and interest to the project. Natural wood tones bring an element of Austin approachability to a more formal architectural backdrop.
“This large complex project has many stakeholders with a variety of perspectives and opinions about successful outcomes for the highly publicized Tower. But the ultimate desire was that the design be firmly rooted in Austin’s culture culminating in a sophisticated urban building,” says Britt.
About Britt Design Group:
Started in 2001, Britt Design Group is an award-winning, full-service design firm recognized as a leader in sustainability, known for integrating architectural and interior design solutions, creating beautiful, functional, and transformative spaces with a focus on WELL Building and Design. Britt Design Group has practice groups in luxury residential, commercial, hospitality and multi-family design. www.brittdesigngroup.com, @brittdesign.group.