This is what the curtain wall of the Mies van der Rohe designed IBM Building (aka 330 North Wabash) looks like normally . . .
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. . . a monochrome grid of strip windows, spandrels and soaring I-beam mullions.
But throughout the city, winter - cold, and, more specifically, snow - changes the acoustic. Newly fallen, it turns sidewalks to sand . . .
. . . and. multiplying the light, transforms night into a strange cousin of dusk . . .
And on the classic glass tower on Wabash, there was a small, subtle subversion. Thin sills of snow formed on the spandrels, creating a new visual tension by bringing forward the horizontal elements to break the accustomed dominance of the verticals . . .
One day, a day we hope will not be too distant, sun and blue sky will return, to again animate the glass boxes with color, in backdrop and reflection.
It looks pretty to walk on snow sand and enjoy the winter while walking in streets.
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