June 1, 2016


"50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" Exhibition

50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards. In celebration of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)’s 50th anniversary, they invited 50 architects and designers to display future-oriented, transformative design proposals for each of Chicago’s 50 wards. This “ward-by-ward” exhibition of ideas is a visual conversation on the role that design can play in solving community challenges at both the local and citywide levels. Curated by the CAF, UrbanLab, and Reed Kroloff, this exhibit opened on Tuesday, May 24th.
Brininstool + Lynch's contribution is The West Side Corridor, a theoretical “vision plan” for the Planned Manufacturing District located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor on the near West side of Chicago. A PMD is an area of land defined by zoning to foster manufacturing through prohibiting residential development and other specific uses. Created to revive Chicago’s industrial base, many of these PMDs have not generated the type of jobs and economic benefits envisioned. Consequently, their inflexibility in zoning prohibits concurrent development of the surrounding neighborhoods and evolving economic opportunity. In some cases, this results in areas with vacant, underutilized land and a lack of integration with the surrounding neighborhoods.
Located in the West Loop neighborhood, the site that is bound by Ogden to the west, Halsted to the east, Kinzie to the north, and Carrol to the south. The Amtrak and Metra train lines cut directly through the site. Our plan begins with enclosing the Metra train line and reinvigorating the functions of a light-manufacturing district at the street level — including makers spaces, art studios and galleries, restaurants, green and blue infrastructure, and a central market. The roofs of these buildings are joined with the train enclosure to create a green area that serves as a 28-acre public park for the surrounding neighborhoods. Along with providing community gathering spaces and ecological landscapes, this platform creates a space for various types of high-density development to rise above.

May 20, 2016


B+L Receives Copper in Architecture Award for Wood House

Brininstool + Lynch received the North American Copper in Architecture Award from the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association (CCBDA) for Wood House. This honor was awarded at a ceremony in Philadelphia last night during the AIA National Convention & Expo.
The program’s goal is to identify projects that have succeeded in blending various elements of copper use in a particular structure: design, installation, and innovation. With a large pool of entrants, we are honored to be one of twelve projects selected this year. 
Wood House is organized in an L shape, and the copper screen wraps around one leg on four sides. The individual panels are attached to a concealed steel frame supported by the main structure of the house’s roof. The general contractor and copper fabricator worked closely with the architect to develop the framing system and minimize its appearance behind the panels. 
The first thing to catch the eye when approaching the house is a copper screen draped over the east-facing windows. This element was conceived as a means of permitting ample amounts of natural light into the second and third floors while maintaining privacy for those spaces from the street. The screen is composed of individual panels designed with a custom pattern of square and rectangular perforations and embossing. The pattern varies in scale and arrangement across each panel. The individual pieces are hand-treated with multiple layers of patina to arrive at the custom blue-green and bronze finish. 
Inside, large copper panels with a similar hand-weathered patina surround the fireplace and serve as the aesthetic backdrop for a two-story living room volume. The copper panels that hang above the fireplace continue to the exterior, where two panels are operable for outdoor storage and stair access to the roof deck. 


May 11, 2016


In Progress: 710 W. Grand

Just east of Halsted, 710 West Grand brings 105 rental apartments, 5,000 square feet of retail space, and 45 parking spaces to Chicago’s River West neighborhood. Only 315 feet from the Grand Blue Line CTA Station, this project exemplifies a Transit Oriented Development, allowing for limited on-site parking spaces due to its close proximity to a major transit hub. In line with the sustainable principles of the Transit Oriented Development Program, the project will be certified LEED with a goal to attain LEED Silver.

Sited on a deep, triangular shaped lot, 710 West Grand breaks away from the traditional rectangularity of development projects that Chicago’s grid often dictates. The building responds through a bend in its form, resulting in two rectangular elements joined at a 30-degree angle. This angular form benefits tenants through offering a diversity of downtown city views — some tenants have views of North Michigan Avenue while others look toward the Loop. White terracotta wraps the sides of the building, and shifted punched openings activate these façades. The two ends, one of which is the street front, are marked by glass window walls that are complimented with varied metal finishes. 

With multiple forms of public transportation just steps away, this project offers residents easy access to a number of Chicago’s distinctive neighborhoods. Bordering the boundary between Chicago’s east and west sides, 710 West Grand proposes a flexible way of living that allows for both downtown and neighborhood-like characteristics through its location and design. 


April 1, 2016

Perimeter Gallery Closes Doors in Chicago

After 35 years, Perimeter Gallery closed its doors in Chicago for the last time yesterday.

It will be missed by many — particularly by those who appreciated fine art, leaving a giant void in the Chicago and Midwest art scene.

Brininstool + Lynch designed the current gallery in 1996, and it received a Design Excellence Award from the American Institute of Architects that same year. 


March 15, 2016

What the "L" is Transit-Oriented Development? 

Brininstool + Lynch's current transit-oriented development in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, "L", was highlighted in the latest edition of Chicago Architect Magazine
"In the past, a developer would show the site and ask, 'How many cars can we get on it?' Now we start with the people, which is what it should have been all along" - David Brininstool
Read more about the project's bike-friendly amenities and decommissioned "L" train car in the full article here

February 15, 2016

B+L and Ditto Bringing More Condos to D.C. 

With the first project underway, Brininstool + Lynch is continuing work with Ditto Residential and will deliver 22 high-end condo units throughout D.C.'s Shaw and Capital Hill neighborhoods this year. 
“We didn’t want to make a grand statement about contemporary architecture,” Brad Lynch said, “but we did want to take an individual and modern approach to subtly indicate present-day wants of open, contiguous spaces and an influx of natural light on the interior of the residences. In a city known for neo-traditional architecture and conservative aesthetics, it is refreshing to see Martin try something new and different.”
Read the full article here.


December 30, 2015

B+L Working as Associate Architect to DS+R for the Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago

Brininstool + Lynch is currently working with Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) as the associate architect for the David M. Rubenstein Forum, a new facility for convening and collaboration to be located at the southeast corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 60th Street. Targeted for completion in 2018, the Rubenstein Forum will host conferences, workshops, lectures, ceremonies and other gatherings.
This is DS+R’s first building in Chicago, and as such, they reached out to Brininstool + Lynch for their experience and expertise in building projects in Chicago. “It is an honor to be working with such an exceptional talent as DS+R,” said B+L principal Brad Lynch, “they have a wonderful team, and we truly enjoy our working relationship. It is a very exciting project.”
“As our first building in Chicago, the Rubenstein Forum presents a unique challenge: to imagine a contemporary place of discourse for all of the University’s constituent departments and institutes as well as invited scholars and dignitaries from around the world,” said DS+R founding partner Elizabeth Diller. “The new building will combine a variety of spaces, both formal and informal, large and small, calm and animated, focused and diffuse, scheduled and spontaneous. The Forum’s unique position on the Midway will allow for expansive views toward the campus and surrounding communities as well as downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.”


October 24, 2015

B+L Receives 26th AIA Design Excellence Award for Wood House

Last night, Brininstool + Lynch was honored to receive an Interior Architecture Award for Wood House — this award marks B+L's 26th AIA Design Excellence Award.



October 9, 2015

Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

We are honored to have been selected as a part of the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program! We look forward to helping the program promote a high level of architectural and landscape design in future public buildings and spaces in Northwest Arkansas. 




September 9, 2015

1345 S. Wabash | Architect Magazine

1345 S. Wabash was featured in the September Issue of Architect Magazine! On pages 150 – 157, you’ll find images, plans, drawings, and a description of the project written by Ed Keegan.

“CMK has been able to differentiate their buildings in the market through design. In Chicago, where design can be king-making, that says a lot about what B+L have done at 1345 South Wabash."