Bangkok’s Massive Cantilevered Apple Store Is An 80′ Wide ‘Glass Drum’

Foster + Partners is one of the world’s most celebrated architecture firms, with a deep and highly-awarded portfolio that’s crammed with noteworthy and iconic designs. The British outfit has previously penned a handful of spaces for Apple, including the Apple Carnegie Library in DC and the famous Apple Park in Cupertino, as well as Apple stores in Macau, Kyoto, Milan, New York, and Marunouchi. F+P’s latest project for the tech powerhouse is yet another store location, this time in Bangkok.

Comprised of what’s described as a glass drum that’s 80’ in diameter and reinforced via a concave vertically-surfaced conical support, the circular building is located at the South end of the Central World Square in the Thai capital. Milled from stainless steel billet before being thoroughly polished, helical turbine blades cantilevering from the central structure serve as the stairs that separate the two floors. The roof extends out beyond the glass by 10’ in every direction, providing the glass cylinder with shade. There’s also 1,461 individual lamellas made from European white oak wood that are bonded onto a Spruce core, making up the structure’s timber-clad siding. To see more of the project, check out the press release from Apple linked below.

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