Jones-Dilworth, Inc. Offices – Austin

  • Client Jones-Dilworth,
  • size 9,150 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Austin, Texas, United States,
  • Industry Consulting / Business Services,
  • Matt Fajkus Architecture designed a modern and sleek space for the Jones-Dilworth, Inc. offices in Austin, Texas.

    The new office space for Jones-Dilworth, Inc. (JDI), an Austin-based boutique consultancy that brings emerging technologies to market, exists within the shell of a metal shed building located at Springdale General. The clients, who are skilled and sensitive designers in several contexts, sought a space for their existing and future team that feels more like a home than an office, with spaces crafted to accommodate specific and flexible daily activities.

    The goal was to create an office which energized the team rather than draining it, and a space that encourages collaboration while also affording privacy. The design accommodates places for gathering, thinking, doing and sharing – embodying an environment where quality is more important than quantity, and experience greater than amenity.

    The design demands interaction while simultaneously supporting respite. A celebrated central stair physically connects the team, otherwise divided among the first and second floors, while literally making people meet in the middle at the mezzanine’s library and reading room. Visual connectivity throughout the office the cohesion of JDI’s team regardless of the area in which an individual chooses to work. A large kitchen finished with everything you’d expect in a residence provides enough seating for JDI as they are avid cooks and tend to share meals with the full team and clients, cooking for each other, and making use of the kitchen as you would at home.

    Conference and meeting rooms are crafted in various forms on both floors, each with unique nuances and some with specific functions – all with a serious consideration to how sound is either attenuated or accentuated. A podcast room is specially designed for the second floor, as well as a multi-purpose room that can be used for decompression, nursing, yoga, total privacy, meditation, prayer, or a nap in the elevated nook with views to the tree canopies along the north side of the building. Living room spaces exist on both floors, adjacent to the central stair, for informal gathering and working. Finally, an executive office frames the main entry into the office, located intentionally for accessibility and to provide a balanced massing to the floating volume of the library and reading room on the mezzanine.

    Details throughout the space tend to merge the quantitative and technical with the qualitative and natural. This is evident in the parametric design for the wood screen that partially encloses the kitchen, allowing sound to be diluted across the space, providing a sense of place, and still filtering light through the office. A wood banquette joins the screen inside the kitchen, while tables and chairs line the corridor in the blended zone between conference rooms and common spaces. Natural wood floors nest together in subtle curved geometries, the result of selecting naturally-occurring patterns in tree growth and sorting the cut wood to fit, minimizing waste by combining technology with sustainable forestry. Views to trees and ample daylight are preserved with the room layout allowing light and longer-distance sights to occur throughout the office.

    Design: Matt Fajkus Architecture
    Contractor: Franklin Alan
    Photography: Charles Davis Smith