Blue Office

Chicago, Illinois


We used several creative strategies to divide the 18,000-square-foot floor plate into distinct and recognizable zones. The elevator and stair core are enclosed in bright blue acrylic sheets that are offset from the wall and backlit to create a glowing blue box that is visible from almost every vantage point on the floor, creating an identifier and focal point. Private offices and audio/video conference rooms – enclosed in either translucent or transparent glass – surround the core on the east, west and north sides, with two of those sides facing walls of windows. Along the west edge of the floor, where there are no windows, we created a 150-foot-long feature wall, constructed of custom formed recycled fiberboard panels set in an irregular, undulating pattern that creates a wave-like effect. The design incorporates materials throughout the space that control sound for a functional, but open work environment.

Project Type



14,800 square feet 


Bear Construction


McGuire Engineers, MEP
ARUP, Acoustical


2013 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Citation of Merit


Lynch, Brad, David Brininstool, and Reed Kroloff. Brininstool Lynch, Making Architecture. New York: The Monacelli Press, 2019.
Patton, Lindsay Howald. “Brininstool + Lynch: Enova.” Green Building & Design (gb&d), May 2014.
Hooper, Emily. "Tietz Baccon Dials Down the Volume in a Textural Chicago Office." Architect’s Newspaper Online, March 15, 2013.


Christopher Barrett