Apart from the minus temperatures, winter in Chicago means snowfall. For the Apple Store, which opened in the autumn, the snow is now a big problem. The slightly sloped flat roof has turned out to be a giant slide for the snow and ice masses. Apple had to shut off the routes around the roof edges and the steps to the Chicago River and provided with warnings. Falling snow avalanches and even smaller drops of snow and ice could hurt the visitors, there was still relatively little snow and ice.
Matt Maldre from Chicago has now captured the debacle in some pictures and collected some information on his blog. The problem with the roof could have been handled quite easily, even without abandoning the special design of the MacBook roof. The look of the roof can be seen in its particular form either way from the top because the architects could also easily plan the edges with security precautions.
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As the traditional newspaper, Chicago Tribune has learned, the roof has heat pipes to provide a defrost function in snow and ice. This also ensures that possible snow loads do not weigh down the roof. “The roof has a heating system that is built-in,” said Apple spokesman Nick Leahy. “It still needs fine tuning and has been reprogrammed today, hopefully, it will be a temporary problem.”