Gallery: 1K Fulton: Chicago Cold Storage Facility Defrosted To Make Way...

For most of the last century, the Fulton Street Cold Storage building has been keeping food fresh in Chicago, but like your freezer, it eventually built up a thick layer of ice. Decades of use (and disuse) resulted in amazing ice stalagmites and stalactites formations on the floors and ceilings. While incredibly beautiful, ice doesn't go well with modern offices, and it was time to transform the old refrigerator into a new commercial building and headquarters for bike components manufacturer, SRAM. They literally had to defrost the building and bring in heaters to get rid of the ice before they could start construction. Developed by Sterling Bay Companies, and designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architects and Perkins+Will, 1K Fulton is already being renovated into a new LEED-certified office and retail building in Chicago's Fulton Market District.

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