Squark/B+L Offices

Chicago Architects Brininstool + Lynch: Squark

Squark/B+L Offices

Chicago, Illinois


Originally designed as an office for a group of theoretical physicists, the renovation of the 1920’s three-story brick and concrete building involved replacing the entire front with a steel and glass facade and completely renovating the interior. Just more than 10 years after completion, the upper two floors would become the new office for Brininstool + Lynch. The interior was once again reworked with a floating soffit to hold mechanical systems and lighting, while translucent and transparent glass and custom millwork volumes divide spaces, while allowing in natural 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