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February 26, 2020
Text: Jesse Dorris
Perkins and Will Paints a Bright Oasis for Spreetail’s Austin Office
In 1893, one of the then Texas Governor’s legal firm partners built the James T. Robertson Building in Austin as a general store. A little more than 125 years later, after a few lives as an ‘80s nightclub and start-up homebase, it’s now home to e-commerce company Spreetail, which enlisted Perkins and Will to freshen up the 20,000-square-foot space across three levels.
“We wanted to bring the building to life by respecting its unique architectural fabric, in keeping with modern codes and new design opportunities,” says design director Lina Murillo. Splashes of Spreetail’s signature corporate colors—turquoise, aqua, and coral—define reception, as does a sculpted ceiling. Just past this colorful welcome rises the atrium, what project designer Maddie Meylor calls “the heart of the space, beneath a peaked skylight. The hammocks are a favorite feature!”
Upstairs, open-plan offices integrate coffee bars, huddle and conference rooms, and central atriums. “The space reflects Spreetail’s pride in company culture and their customers” says Meylor, “and the nature of e-commerce itself.”