Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Barrett Photo Studio

Barrett Photo Studio

Chicago, Illinois


This studio in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood punctuates a decades long professional relationship between architect and architectural photographer. The existing space in a three-story loft building is typical of early 20th century industrial construction. The interior aesthetic resembles that of early artist and photography lofts by highlighting the existing space’s features—heavy timber structure, exposed brick walls, and concrete floors. Every insertion is meticulously planned, neatly fitting each component—dark room, work room, lighting placement—into its most logical location. Clean, simple details provide the photographer with state-of-the-art facilities. A traditional dark room, generously sized at nine- by 18-feet, is tucked behind an open galley-style millwork workstation. The designers maximized the space for photography, leaving an open bay measuring 18- by 30-feet for flexible use.

Project Type



1,254 square feet


Christopher Barrett