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National Instruments

Reinvigorating the courtyard between head offices to support work and relaxation

  • 30K

    Square Feet

  • Austin, Texas

    Austin, Texas

By designing in 3D and communicating with virtual reality goggles, we made this courtyard redesign a reality

For National Instruments, the underutilized central courtyard and patio spaces between its two main office buildings needed to be reimagined. Despite the grill area, benches, and tables, the minimally maintained overgrowth and relative disuse kept the space feeling abandoned. Thanks to our reputation for renovating corporate campuses and our ability to communicate 3D designs with clients using virtual reality technology, we were brought in to design a thoughtful outdoor space that could accommodate various user experiences.

Rather than simply enhancing the passive space, our design team created an outdoor area that supports a myriad active uses for both work and relaxation. Informal spaces were created that are intimate enough for individual or small team functions as well as large group gatherings. Our design supports recreational spaces as well, with the inclusion of a biergarten, outdoor kitchen, café dining spaces, bocce ball, a fireside huddling space, and a food truck dining space.

Our team’s measure for success was an activated space that was actively used throughout the day for relaxation, gathering, and education as well as a recreation space during the evenings. Based on our observations, activity in the space has increased exponentially—rather than being a pass-through space, it has become a multi-use space featuring individual and small gatherings as well as large corporate functions.

At a Glance

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Meet Our Team

Zach Hunter, Senior Associate

The design process needs to be organic to achieve the best result. The more collaborative and adaptive we are, the more successful we’ll be.

Russell Thomman, Associate

What drives me to succeed is the desire to be challenged—I constantly challenge why and how we do what we do here.
  • Zach Hunter

    Senior Associate

  • Russell Thomman

    Associate

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