Working and Wellness: How One Uptown is Elevating Austin’s Workplace Landscape

featuring Talmadge Smith

December 20, 2023

Uptown ATX One Uptown in Austin, TX

Centrally located along North Austin’s lively Burnet Road thoroughfare, the new 14-story One Uptown office tower makes a visual impact as part of the first phase of Uptown ATX, Brandywine Realty’s 66-acre mixed-use, master-planned neighborhood. For the building’s façade and interiors, Page focused on aesthetic appeal while considering the importance of well-being and comfort for employees who will occupy the space later this fall.

In lieu of traditional glass exteriors that can inhibit energy efficiency, we designed a terracotta-colored frit pattern – a ceramic coating baked into the glass. This helps block light and heat, reduces glare, improves interior comfort and minimizes HVAC usage costs. A gray inner layer in the glass façade adds a darker tint, which makes the frit pattern visible from afar. To add further visual interest and dimension, Page integrated vertical fins into the curtain wall system. These elements “give the building personality and presence,” says Talmadge Smith, Page design director for the project.

Inside One Uptown, which includes 348,000 square feet of Class-A office space, the employee experience influenced every design detail. Natural daylight is maximized with 13-foot floor-to-ceiling clear heights, to help increase employee productivity and boost mood. HVAC systems provide superior indoor air quality with up to 100% outside air for a healthier environment. Wellness continues to play an integral role with an on-site state-of-the-art fitness center. Employees can also enjoy the outdoors with a ground-floor park, private balconies and an expansive terrace that serves as a gathering place for conferences and social events. 

Page designed the One Uptown lobby not only as an entrance hall but also as a comfortable common space where employees can take meetings or take breaks. Wood and natural finishes bring warmth and calm to the room while eye-catching features, including a yellow back-painted glass wall and a larger wall of Sahara noir marble with a natural terracotta stripe, infuse the lobby with character.

By creating intentionally designed workspaces, Page maintains our commitment to wellness in the workplace for those who will office in – and perhaps also live within – the Uptown ATX community. “The [One Uptown] design was really about trying to make a bold statement on Burnet Road,” Smith says. “Something amazing and different coming to this part of town.”

Talmadge Smith

Design Director