panes of glass with max. size 3.02 x 14.5m  


entrance doors  


all-glass stair

all-glass design for apple retail store in hong kong

The Apple Retail Store in Hong Kong was opened in 2015 and is located on the most famous shopping street in the city, Canton Road. This store has three floors and the 14.5m high structural glass façade allows uninterrupted views of ground floor and upper floor. The panes of glass (six plies of 12mm thick glass with SGP interlayers) are 14.5m high and max. 3.02m wide. The largest pane of laminated glass therefore weighs more than 8t. Stainless steel T-sections attached to the back of the glass with silicone connect the panes together.

  • seele’s brief also included the provision of main and side entrances as well as the façade. The main entrance incorporates a vestibule with a glass roof and a glass fin on each side. The panes of glass for the façade are supported by solid stainless steel frames which hold the glass in position. Owing to the traffic in this city, erection work could only be carried out at night, which also involved closing off Canton Road at times. seele’s site crews managed to erect one façade element each night, even though they usually had only about five hours in which to complete their work. Besides the façade and vestibule, seele also produced, delivered and set up an all-glass stair. The steps of this stair are held in place between the glass string and the stainless steel wall lining by fittings laminated between the panes of glass.

    All images: © Grischa Rueschendorf


Client Apple Inc.
General contractor Apple Inc.
Architect Foster + Partners
Engineer Eckersly O'Callaghan
Date of completion 2015
Scope of seele supply
  • Glass façade: 14 panes (6 plies of 12mm thick), max. size 3.02 x 14.5m
  • 2 entrance doors with stainless steel portal frames
  • Main entrance: slide fins, glass canopy, 2 slide panes, 1 pair of 2-ply panes                                          
  • Side entrance: 1 pair of 2-ply panes
  • Glass balustrades, max. size 1.1 x 5.3m
  • All-glass stair with glass string