February 27, 2014


On the Boards: SILO

This site in Toronto includes an existing group of silos that are a landmark on the waterfront both figuratively and literally. As a requirement of the master plan, the west facing elevations of the silos must remain in place. The brief for designing a mixed use and residential tower on the same site as the silos brought forth the conclusion that the design of the new structures should be integral with the silo structures, not independent, and provide additional function.

The iconic and vernacular monumentality of the silos and the utilitarian movement of conveyors used in grain elevators affected decisions about placement of program and the form of new structures, rationalizing an irrational set of existing structures to a logical combination of new uses. The result will be a new mixed-use building of over a half million square feet.

Existing silos on the east and in the core are removed down to their foundations. The remaining silos are sectioned, allowing the insertion of new structure and program that become integral with the silos. The repurposed silos are punched with perforations, allowing natural light to illuminate an inserted automated parking structure for over 300 vehicles and facilitate articulated views to the city from floors in the base of the building. The glass-enclosed base houses retail and commercial space, a contemporary museum, and a restaurant and lounge that take advantage of views into the parking cells and beyond as part spectacle. 

An amenity floor evokes the head house that existed historically above the silos. It provides lateral bracing for the residential tower and is a visual connector that integrates the other forms of the building. The tower, which will have over 300 residential units, elicits a relationship of the conveyor as a contemporary object. Its skin is punctuated by setbacks of sliding glass doors that function as implied balconies and further the visual language of the perforated silos.

Scheduled for completion in 2016, the developer is Castlepoint Realty Partners of Toronto.


December 16, 2013


Wood House featured in Residential Architect

Brininstool + Lynch's Wood House in Chicago is gracing the cover of this month's Residential Architect magazine. Browse the digital edition and read the feature article here.

November 18, 2013


On the Boards: Wicker Park

A unique lot in the Wicker Park neighborhood is the site of a new multi-family residential project. Brininstool + Lynch designed the six-story, 44-unit building in response to the constraints of the lot and with the surrounding context in mind. The building is lifted above the street to provide parking and commercial space on the ground floor. The penthouse residence takes advantage of spectacular panoramic views of the city. It is the first project in Chicago to follow new zoning regulations for Transit-Served Locations, and construction is slated to begin in early 2014.

October 29, 2013

Exhibit Opening at Syracuse University

Rough Cuts features the creative processes of Brininstool + Lynch together with objects and artifacts of this fall's four other visiting critics at the School of Architecture. The exhibition will be on display through December 5 at the Slocum Gallery. For more information visit soa.syr.edu.

October 25, 2013


Enova Receives AIA Honor Award

Brininstool + Lynch's design of a new office for Enova was honored today with an Interior Architecture Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This is the 25th Design Excellence Award Brininstool + Lynch has received from AIA Chicago.

September 6, 2013


The Sacred and the Profane

Lecture by Brad Lynch

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Slocum Auditorium, Slocum Hall

School of Architecture, Syracuse University

Lynch will speak about the permanent versus the temporary in the built environment, and the historical, political-economic influence that determines the fate of architecture.

Amor Sacro e Amor Profano, Titian, c. 1514, Galleria Borghese, Rome

August 14, 2013


Back To School

Brad Lynch has been appointed a Visiting Critic at the Syracuse University School of Architecture for the fall semester. The visiting critic program at Syracuse is an opportunity for upper-level students to study with nationally recognized architects to explore innovative approaches and design methods in a studio atmosphere.