Perimeter Galleries

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Perimeter Gallery

Perimeter Galleries

New York, NEW YORK / Chicago, ILLINOIS

2001 / 1996 

The most important objective of the design program for this gallery in Chicago’s River North neighborhood was to facilitate the viewing of art in the best possible context. The most difficult was to complete the design and construction within a limited schedule and budget. To achieve both objectives in the long, narrow space required creative use of existing and new materials. To create an optimal environment for viewing a changing array of art, a series of partitions was inserted along a floating wall, separating the space into zones that are more intimate and proportionate for viewing art. This series of smaller "galleries" within the gallery fosters a sense of anticipation, light, and depth. Similarly, we created a meditative, salon-like environment for viewing art in the Chelsea neighborhood of for Perimeter’s gallery in New York.

Project Type

Arts + Culture


710 square feet / 2,700 square feet


Ed Bennett (New York)
Goldberg General Contracting (Chicago)


1996 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Honor Award


Barreneche, Raul A. Brininstool + Lynch, Building on Modernism. New York: Edizioni Press, 2002.
Hensler, Kate. “Perimeter Gallery,” Interiors, February 1997
Keegan, Edward. “Perimeter Gallery Opens in Chicago Loft,” Architecture, Nov. 1996.


Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing (New York); Jamie Padgett, Karant & Associates (Chicago)