July 15, 2018

Perkins + Will Designs an Austin, Texas, Veterinary Clinic That Makes Pets Feel at Home

The Austin, Texas, clinic for Emancipet, a nonprofit provider of low-cost veterinary services, was designed pro bono by Perkins + Will. Photography by Casey Dunn.

Proper medical care for four-legged family members can be an out-of-reach expense for some. So, the goal of Emancipet, a spay/neuter- and veterinary-services provider, is to make it affordable and accessible to all. The goal of Lauckgroup, now part of Perkins + Will, was to design a new, 3,900-square-foot clinic for the nonprofit at no cost. The original brief for the renovation of a retail space in Austin, Texas, was simple and modest. But donated furnishings and contractor services elevate the project. “Everyone was willing to step up,” interior design director Lina Murillo says.

Reclaimed redwood planks along the ceiling and walls. Photography by Casey Dunn.

The space is playful but not overly whimsical. It’s not immediately obvious, for example, that artificial turf fills the extruded-aluminum signage at reception, which is divided into two areas, so cats wait safely away from dogs. Further in, plaques with frisky pet-related imagery identify the six exam and X-ray rooms. “They’re a small surprise that can make an anxious owner smile before going in,” Murillo notes.

One of six exam rooms. Photography by Casey Dunn.

Naturally, durability was key, the team selecting sealed concrete flooring for a large percentage of the materials palette. But its industrial quality is tempered by a feature wall of distressed redwood planks formed into a pitched doghouse shape. On another wall, acrylic silhouettes of water bowls are engraved with donor names.

See more from the July 2018 issue of Interior Design.

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