Apple Store designers appear to have forgotten about Chicago winters
Apple’s new store on the Chicago riverfront has received plaudits for its design. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin called it “thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated, and a boon to the city’s riverfront.” But in designing Apple's latest "statement" store, which features a large open plaza and a roof reminiscent of a MacBook, London-based architects Foster + Partners appear to have overlooked one crucial detail: Chicago winters.
As Matt Maldre at Spudart points out, the lack of gutters on the roof has forced Apple to close off the plaza surrounding the store. Not only is there a risk of snow falling off the sloped roof, there are some nasty-looking icicles hanging there as well.