New glass-topped Apple Store for New York from Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
At 67th Street and Broadway, the Apple Store stands between New York’s residential Upper West Side and the vibrant performance venues of Lincoln Center. Among towering structures, the modestly sized building has a notable street presence. The inviting, day-lit interior is visible to the bustling city through a taut 40-ft-high glass façade that boldly defines the corner.
The angled façade meets a gently arcing glass roof supported by delicate steel trusses spanning 60 ft between massive stone walls. The ground floor is organised by the spatial rhythm of the trusses and uniform grid of product display tables. It is a calm, monumental grand hall, open to the changing sky, allowing light and shadow to dance along the hushed grey stone.
The pure volume and crisp details belie the complexities of the mechanical systems and superstructure seamlessly integrated within the building. Maintaining an efficient and pleasant climate, conditioned air is distributed via perforated stone floor tiles and under-counter, stainless steel wall panels. Overhead, steel purlins are configured to capture inconspicuous sprinkler lines and light fixtures while supporting a monolithic glass roof.
Broad façade panels are coupled to slender glass columns with minimal polished steel fittings to maintain an unobstructed view of street and sky. At the prominent corner, daylight fills a circular opening where a spiral glass stair cascades to a lower level dedicated to a display of accessories and learning areas. Recalling the transparent façades above, bead-blasted stainless steel wall panels reflect the borrowed light and provide a luminous backdrop to the stair.
The Apple Store features a palette of elegant fixtures and finishes with meticulous detailing. The result is a serene yet stimulating environment where the products assume centre stage. Echoing qualities of the sophisticated computers and devices on display, the building exhibits assured modernism.