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Defrosting Ice Caves Inside a Historic Chicago Cold Storage Facility

Published 4 years ago

When Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture got a task to turn a building in the Chicago meatpacking district into the headquarters of a bike component manufacturer SRAM, their first task was to… defrost the  building. After being used as cold storage for nine decades and due to the lack of proper maintenance, its interior was fully covered in unearthly ice crystals.

Before the team started defrosting the thick ice with propane heaters, photographer Gary Jensen made some gorgeous shots of the surreal interior. Make sure to watch the time lapse video to see how this massive freezer melted!

Photography: | Architect: Hartshorne Plunkard

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