25 Years: Claremont Furniture

In many of our projects, we have gone beyond the design of the building envelope and interiors and have created custom furniture and fixtures in response to a client's specific needs. When our residential or commercial clients want to create a complete aesthetic experience within a space, we have custom designed items ranging from furniture to lighting and plumbing fixtures, hardware, appliances and textiles. In doing this, we aim to create a cohesive stylistic experience within a given space. 

25 Years: Claremont House

Traditional materials of brick, concrete, limestone, steel, and zinc are used to form a non-traditional house on a lot on the north side of Chicago. The house further resists city conventions by uniting the front yard with the back through visual transparency, where sheets of glass more than ten feet high and fourteen feet wide terminate an open plan. A three-story volume of millwork separates the floors from the vertical circulation of the stairway and contains storage and equipment, neatly separating functional performance from open space.

25 Years: 550 St. Clair

Overlooking North Michigan Avenue, this multi-residential development contains a level of design detail typical of custom single family housing.  The forms, systems, and materials were selected to provide openness and privacy, flexibility of use, and functionality.  A translucent arcade leads to a wood entry vestibule and a lobby where glass, stone, and wood enclose a small garden and seating area.  The residential tower rises as a single eighteen story volume enclosed by window planes on the north, east, and south.  It is relieved at the corners by inset balconies delineated with translucent glazing.  

25 Years: Perimeter Galleries

With locations in both Chicago and New York City, our designs for the Perimeter Galleries create an optimal environment for viewing a changing array of artwork. A series of partitions along a floating wall separate the space into more intimate zones—these smaller "galleries" within the gallery draw viewer's in through fostering a sense of anticipation, light and depth.

25 Years: Carus Residence

Positioned on a large, flat site in north central Illinois, this house evokes agricultural buildings historically built in the Midwest. The L-shaped house is oriented towards the perimeter of the lot, acting as a privacy screen by protecting views into the pool area and yard.  Visual and tactile elements interconnect, resolving each room's function in a way that gives the project an uncommon sensibility. Cement board panels and varied sizes and applications of redwood siding are wrapped over a steel frame to create the exterior skin.

25 Years: Yamamoto Residence

Located in the suburban perimeter of Indianapolis, the house offers a serene environment for the display of art and a comfortable place for entertaining. The sequence of entry, which is defined by a series of horizontal elements, both privatizes and delineates the approach to the house. Through setting the main living area of the house away from the street, the home is shielded from an area of typical suburban development and also reduces the impact of the design within this context. The intent is calm juxtaposition—not a radical statement.

The uniqueness of the design in suburban Indianapolis garnered Brininstool + Lynch a shelf full of awards, including two from the American Institute of Architects, and a host of publications, including a feature article in the second issue of Dwell magazine.

25 Years: Thompson House

A little over twenty years ago we completed the second to last of a number of projects that we worked on as both architect and contractor—the Thompson House.

It was the first project that received national and international press attention; it was also the first of a long line of projects for which we received both the Distinguished Building Award and the Interior Architecture Award from the American Institute of Architects, valuing the building design holistically. Interestingly, it received attention recently when it sold for five times what it originally cost to acquisition the land and build it.

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