Apple Retail Store ICONSIAM, all-glass-design in Bangkok, Thailand

20 

insulating glass panes each 2.3 x 10.4m

glass fins 

2

double-leaf glass doors

42m

long canopy in wood-look aluminium

all-glass design for thailand's first apple retail store

The first Apple Retail Store in Thailand has opened at ICONSIAM, the luxury shopping centre in the heart of Bangkok. The design by Foster + Partners required seele to supply two huge structural glass façades that ensure maximum transparency in both directions - outwards towards the garden terrace and inwards towards the shopping mall.

The external façade consists of 2.3 x 10.4m high panes of insulating glass supported by eight glass fins. In this façade there are two double-leaf all-glass entrance doors with glass canopies. The internal shop front, formed by 2.6 x 8m panes of laminated safety glass, also includes two double-leaf all-glass doors.

  • seele also provided the cantilevering 250sqm aluminium canopy in wood-look finish, the main function of which is to provide shade.

    The real challenge on this project was the time available for design work, which was just one month, and the subsequent short erection period, because the work had to be carried out beneath the finished main roof. That meant it was impossible to use the cranes normally needed to erect such large panes of glass. seele therefore devised a rail setup especially for this project so that the panes of glass could be slid into the building before being installed. seele was able to complete the work on site in just eight months and thus add this Apple Store to its list of successful structural glass projects in Asia. 

    Header image and Reference overview: © seele/Andreas Keller

  • The first Apple Store in Thailand has opened at ICONSIAM.© Andreas Keller
  • Apple Retail Store Thailand: designed by Foster + Partners, realized by seele. © Andreas Keller
  • Wood-like aluminium canopy for Apple Retail Store ICONSIAM. © Andreas Keller
  • Two double-leaf glass doors with 3m hight made by seele for Appel Retail Store ICONSIAM. © Andreas Keller
The first Apple Store in Thailand has opened at ICONSIAM.© Andreas Keller
© seele/Andreas Keller
Apple Retail Store Thailand: designed by Foster + Partners, realized by seele. © Andreas Keller
© seele/Andreas Keller
Wood-like aluminium canopy for Apple Retail Store ICONSIAM. © Andreas Keller
© seele/Andreas Keller
Two double-leaf glass doors with 3m hight made by seele for Appel Retail Store ICONSIAM. © Andreas Keller
© seele/Andreas Keller

Credits

Client Apple Inc.
Architect Foster + Partners
Engineer Eckersley O'Callaghan
Date of completion 2018
Scope of seele supply

Design, production and erection of

  • External façade:
    • 20 insulating glass panes each 2.3 x 10.4m 
    • 8 glass fins (5-ply 12mm heat-strengthened glass)
    • steel or stainless steel brackets for fixings top and bottom
    • 2 double-leaf glass doors 3m high (2-ply 12mm toughened safety glass), stainless steel handles
    • 2 canopies (4-ply 12mm toughened safety glass)
  • Internal façade:
    • 2.6 x 8m laminated safety glass panes (3-ply 10mm heat-strengthened glass)
    • 2 double-leaf glass doors 3m high (2-ply 12mm toughened safety glass), stainless steel handles
  • Canopy:
    • 42m long, cantilevering 6m, in wood-look aluminium