Squark/B+L Offices

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Squark

Squark/B+L Offices

Chicago, Illinois


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



10,000 square feet


Helios Construction
Goldberg General Contracting


Lyle Haag Engineering and Moshe Calamaro & Associates, Structural


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


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


Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing