March 2, 2018

Lauckgroup and Revel Architecture & Design Calculate Informatica’s Data-Driven Office

Cloud data management company Informatica had some earthly concerns when opening its new Austin workspace. Its 400 employees required more than 250 workstations. The 35,000-square-foot space was vast but narrow, and needed to be fashionable enough to attract the city’s competitive workforce yet versatile to change with the times.

At reception, the custom desk by Buda Woodworks combines Caesarstone and Woodright walnut; the signage is brushed stainless steel. Photography by Casey Dunn.

Luckily, the project’s architect of record, Lauckgroup, was full of ideas, many gathered from post-occupancy analysis of their work on previous Informatica facilities. In collaboration with Revel Architecture & Design, the team conceived a double-layer circulation plan: a concrete-floored main corridor, and a second, carpeted track between open office areas.

A TV wall in the reception area is walnut and the table and chairs are Knoll. Photography by Casey Dunn.

“Extra attention went into acoustical design, with full-suite sound masking,” says Revel project architect Riley Bunn. “A changing foot-candle landscape based on function,” offers versatility in lighting design, Bunn says, which is essential in a space where standing collaboration zones and breakout pods, announced by color-coded felt screens, are connected to a large communal areas. These amenities create an environment Informatica employees say they actually prefer to working from home. 

A Railway Carriage by Spacestor serves as a meeting pod along the main circulation path. Photography by Casey Dunn.
A mosaic of Interface carpet tiles lends a cerulean touch to the Garden, which has a glass wall frosted with a writeable film. Photography by Casey Dunn.
The Hideway meeting space is made of resawn Mushroom Wood with a urethane finish, atop a custom mosaic of Interface tiles. Photography by Casey Dunn.
A FilzFelt wool screen sets off the Warm Up/Cool Down area, with Vode ceiling fixtures. Photography by Casey Dunn. 
The main circulation path is demarcated by custom millwork surrounds for lockers and shelves, and a custom blackened steel frame with Mushroom Wood slats for plants and marker boards. Photography by Casey Dunn.
In the café, Herman Miller chairs, tables, and barstools offer casual workspaces under Spectrum pendants; the kitchen backsplash is by Carnegie. Photography by Casey Dunn.
Big Ass Fans cool a break room, with a wood slat wall and solid surface islands by Buda Woodworks. Photography by Casey Dunn.

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