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Check out these striking architectural drawings of the New York Times Building which has been likened to a giant jungle gym. The building’s “low-emissivity glass” windows are shielded by ladder-like ceramic tubes that help reduce heat buildup and also make free climbing the facade relatively easy as demonstrated yesterday, twice! But the exterior tubes aren’t just for environmental reasons: “The ceramic tubes provide an aesthetic bonus, taking on the changing color of the sky during the course of the day as light diffuses through them from different angles. Above the top of the building, the screen of tubes becomes less dense, and its lace-like appearance will permit a view of roof garden foliage.”