The iconic glass cube has returned at the future home of Apple's expanded Fifth Avenue flagship store. Located underneath the plaza of the General Motors Building, Foster + Partners' renovation will more than double the store's previous size, expanding from 32,000-square-feet to 77,000-square-feet. The reinstalled cube has maintained the previous three full height panel per facade configuration. When first constructed, the cube was composed of a nine glass panel grid per facade but was later simplified to three full height panels. The skylights that populate the plaza on either side of the cube are also installed, along with newly planted trees. A November 2018 completion date is currently expected for the reopening of the store.
Architect: Foster + Partners; Client: Apple; Program: Retail; Location: Midtown, New York, NY; Completion: 2018.