A new Apple Store opening in Houston next year appears to be inspired by the patented design of the Upper West Side store in New York. Two giant stone slabs bookend a open glass-enclosed space. The sketch above shows my best guess at what the corner location will look like when it opens in January 2012
Unlike the NYC store, this one has glass on both the front and back walls, with entrances at both ends. A curving glass ceiling caps the structure.
The building also has a second floor of retail, reached via a glass staircase.
I shot the photo from the street, through an open gate right before workers closed it. It shows a small glass canopy over the back door entrance, similar to the front door of the New York store. The top of the canopy is covered in white paper. Close inspection of the full resolution image (click to enlarge) shows single glass panels from ground to roofline. They appear to be narrower that the panels recently used to rebuild the Fifth Avenue glass cube. Paper covering the corner of the structure suggests that glass on this back side of the store will extend out from the side slabs, like the front of the Upper West Side store. This does not seem to be the case with the front of the store, as shown in the drawing above.
Many thanks to my friend Jeffrey for sketching the store from my description.
CORRECTION – 8:22 PM
After a followup visit to the site tonight, I see that there is no second floor. I was confused by some scaffolding that has since been removed. I was also incorrect about the glass inset at the front of the store. It does protrude from the front surface of the slabs by about 4 feet. Look for a revised sketch to come soon.
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