Apple Store, Shinsaibashi

Apple Inc., Osaka, Japan

A corner entrance allows passersby to glimpse from the street a circular glass stair, which rises up into the larger opaque rectangular volume of the building. This circular glass stair was the first of its kind. Suspended from half-inch stainless steel rods, and designed as a continuous arcing glass beam spanning between floors, the stair is a breathtaking engineering feat of structural ingenuity and sculptural beauty. A stainless steel interior lobby and an automated frameless slot display window add further interest at street level.
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Client: Other projects for Apple Inc.