Apple Store designers appear to have forgotten about Chicago winters

  • Snow and icicles on the roof of the riverfront Apple Store in Chicago.

    Matt Maldre, spudart.com

  • A view of the riverfront Apple Store from the Chicago River

  • An exterior shot of the Apple Store on the Chicago River.

  • The interior of the riverfront Apple Store in Chicago.

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.

Fortunately for Apple, Chicago-area temperatures will hover in the single digits over the weekend, so people shouldn’t be heartbroken about the lack of access to the outdoor areas of Apple’s “town square.” And those of us who have lived or worked in downtown Chicago are accustomed to signs warning of falling snow and ice this time of the year. That said, a little bit of weatherproofing can go a long way.


Listing image by Matt Maldre, spudart.com

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