Emancipet, Austin

Designed by: Perkins+Will
For client: Emancipet Floor area: 362.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Social Award

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The spacious reception area is defined by a large doghouse backdrop, which is framed in red and branded with the Emancipet logo.

About the Project

lauckgroup, now Perkins+Will, donated their time and services to artfully craft Emancipet’s new Central Austin location. Working within a budget funded by donations, the 3,900-square-foot space was designed to be both energetic and whimsical, providing visitors and their beloved pets with a cheerful pet care experience. The team utilized Emancipet’s brand color palette of red, yellow, and teal blue to define the different spaces and serve as wayfinding elements. Natural materials such as distressed woods and industrial metals are woven throughout to incorporate warm touches reminiscent of home, and durable materials for ease of maintenance.

Remodeling the existing retail space, the clinic was outfitted with separate entrances for healthy and sick animals, a doghouse-themed check-in desk, a back-of-house employee break room, six state-of-the-art exam rooms, and a three-table surgical suite. The spacious reception area is subtly divided to separate felines from their foes, set against the large doghouse backdrop—which is framed in red and branded with the Emancipet logo. As visitors move through the clinic, the lobby gives way to colorful, softly-branded medical rooms outfitted with donated digital X-ray, dental X-ray, and blood analysis machines.

What’s unique about it

According to a recent study, 75% of Americans in their 30s own dogs, while 51% have cats. This has translated into a pet industry that has tripled to $69 billion in the last two decades — so it comes as no surprise that our Instagram feeds tend to contain more paws than pacifiers. Organizations such as Austin, Texas’ Emancipet are working to ensure that those millennials (as well as their pet-owning parents) are able to access high-quality veterinary care to keep their fur babies healthy and happy.

Sometimes a visit to the vet is financially out of reach, or even inaccessible in some communities. But that doesn’t mean young people have to sacrifice companionship. With the help of the local community, interior architecture firm lauckgroup, now Perkins+Will, contributed their time and services to artfully craft Emancipet’s new Central Austin location. The design is adorably pet-friendly and is intended to serve as a prototype model for the non-profit veterinary care company as they expand their mission beyond their Texas roots. The clinic is Emancipet’s largest to date, at 3,900 square feet, and also serves as their headquarters for medical training and development of new services.

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The lobby sign’s Emancipet logo is playfully made of turf and laid on top of planks of distressed wood, which are mirrored on the front of the reception desk. The area is also subtly divided to separate cats and dogs for minimal interaction.

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Pops of bold colors create a cheerful facility that is enjoyable for animals and pet owners alike.

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Perkins+Will worked with Emancipet’s marketing group to develop a cohesive environmental graphics package that embraced the company’s brand aesthetic and messaging.

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The Emancipet facilities seamlessly blend medical equipment with a bright color palette, making the space look less cold and more welcoming to patients and their owners.

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The lobby gives way to vibrant, softly-branded medical rooms fully-equipped with high-tech medical devices and tools.

Location of project:
Perkins+Will, Southwest

APTUS Engineering

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