Seaholm Power Plant Offices, athenahealth, Inc.

Austin
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Photo © Casey Dunn
Architects
Charles Rose Architects
Location
Austin
Client
athenahealth
Team
Charles Rose, Susi Sanchez

Charles Rose Architects designed new office space in a former industrial building, the Seaholm Power Plant, for athenahealth, Inc.—an IT company that provides cloud-based services for electronic health records, medical billing, and patient engagement. The interior design and architectural interventions are inspired by the Art Deco structure and the era’s iconic advertising posters.

With rapid projected growth, the space employs flexible design strategies throughout. Turbine Hall—the large central space—provides a “field” for open workstations and glass meeting rooms. These glass meeting spaces, known as “huddle rooms,” are capped with colorful, faceted roofs that punctuate the length of the vast space with the company’s brand colors.

Integrating modern technologies and amenities is central to the design, but also key to its success is the inclusion of historical artifacts and celebrating the building’s existing buildings and features. The company’s work methodology centers on collaboration; the design provides a variety of spaces and tools that support as well as engender interaction and exchange. Different meeting spaces, technological devices, and surfaces—like writable walls—allow for planned forums as much as impromptu discussions.

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