Chicago’s Shiny New Apple Store Is Definitely Not Designed for Winter
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The Chicago Apple Store looks like it might need some extra-extra-extra-large screen protectors — like, building-sized.
While frosty winters may not be the norm in Cupertino, California, Apple's home base, that’s definitely not the case for the company’s latest store at 401 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, which seems to be having issues standing up to the windy, snowy, and bitterly cold Illinois weather.
According to The Verge, snow and ice chunks that are falling off the sleek and smooth rooftop are posing a threat to pedestrians who walk near the building. The issue itself was pointed out by blogger Matt Maldre, who wrote: “Maybe next time Apple will consider the actual community where their stores are built. Y’know, basic things like in Chicago, the weather gets cold. It snows. The snow falls off the roof. Don’t design a [sloping] roof where the snow can’t be caught or guttered off somewhere.”
Employees have already roped off many areas and put up signs to caution potential shoppers.
To make matters worse, the icy conditions have caused a few cracks to form on one of the building’s glass panels, as seen in photos on the forum Skyscraperpage. And winter is far from over.
According to Curbed, the glass walls have proven to be more trouble than they’re worth. Apparently the building is also a magnet for bird collisions as well as a popular hangout spot for the avian species.
Perhaps it couldn’t be a bad idea to invest in some weather-proof protection. Maybe in a frosted texture to keep the birds away.