Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Arup Sound Lab

Arup Sound Lab

Chicago, Illinois


Arup enlisted the architects to collaborate in designing an enclosure for their new SoundLab within their existing Chicago office, located in the historic Jewelers Building. The room was conceived as a glowing, living object in their space – to project the importance of this growing market sector for Arup.

An acoustical envelope was created out of conventional framing, gypsum board, and a thick layer of fabric-wrapped sound absorbing panels on the interior. On the exterior of the room, translucent acrylic wall panels are set in gasketed aluminum channels, and backlit with a programmable LED fixture that can range in color across the RGB spectrum. The detail of this illuminated acrylic has made SoundLab the physical and conversational focal point of Arup’s Chicago practice.

Project Type



400 square feet


C&W Building Services


ARUP, Acoustical


Christopher Barrett