SQUARK

Squark/B+L Offices

Chicago, Illinois

2001

We first designed the renovation of the 7,500-square foot, three-story building seventeen years ago for a group of theoretical physicists. The front of the humble 1920s brick-and-concrete building was replaced with a steel-and-glass façade, while redoing the brick masonry of the building envelope, and completely renovating the interior and mechanicals.

The building became available in late 2012, just as we were looking for a new office space. We built out our studio on the top two floors. A soffit floats above the studio from one end of the building to the other, providing a concealed space for mechanical equipment and lighting. Millwork volumes separate workspaces from conference rooms, and translucent glass provides privacy where desired while still admitting light.

Project Type

Commercial

SIZE

10,000 square feet

CONTRACTOR

Helios Construction
Goldberg General Contracting

CONSULTANTS

Lyle Haag Engineering and Moshe Calamaro & Associates, Structural

AWARDS

2001 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Honor Award
2001 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Honor Award

PUBLICATIONS

Barreneche, Raul A. Brininstool + Lynch, Building on Modernism (New York: Edizioni Press, 2002).
Galindo, Michelle. Chicago Architecture & Design (Berlin/New York: teNeues, 2005).
Geran, Monica. “Applied Science,” Interior Design, February 2002.
Weeks, Katie. “Less is More,” Contract, July 2003.
Lee, Lydia. “Workspace: Brininstool + Lynch.” Residential Architect, September/October 2013.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing