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Apple Retail Store, Glasgow, UK

apple retail store glasgow

Along with London, Glasgow ranks as one of the UK’s most attractive shopping centres, with Buchanan Street being considered the most exquisite shopping address in Scotland’s largest city: fine boutiques, the Frasers of Glasgow department store, Princes Square and the Buchanan Galleries – Apple could not have picked a better location for its store. In the middle of a historic building dating back more than 150 years, architect Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson planned a state-of-the-art branch featuring a narrow ground plan, at the end of which stands a filigree-style, all-glass staircase.

  • In contrast to the Apple Stores in New York, the framework conditions for the glass construction in Glasgow were considerably more favourable: no earthquake zone, no lift in the staircase core and a basic building structure that enabled the stairs to be suspended below the ceiling. Below, two clamps bracing the sideways abutting, all-glass guardrails are fixed onto the 12mm stainless-steel rods. The suspended ceiling and the rails merge into one and lend the whole construction an uncanny lightness, which is further emphasized by the discontinuation of the glass cylinder which otherwise stands in the well hole. Old and new are combined with timeless, elegant transparency, without marring the view of the structure and the beauty of the old architecture. Furthermore, chemically hardened glass creates distortion-free optical characteristics.

Client Apple Computer Inc.
Architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects
Engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
Date of completion 2007
Scope of seele supply
  • hanging, spiraled all-glass stairs
  • glass balustrade

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