The structural glass walls of Apple Stanford Shopping Center exude simplicity while veiling the complex engineering that makes the store stand up to California’s seismic landscape. Glass columns designed to pivot and rack without failing during an earthquake support a stainless steel roof. The razor-profile roof cantilevers to a steel core wrapped in some of the 11,000 square feet of marble cladding used for the store.
Engineering ideas and aesthetics used at Stanford later inspired the design of other Apple Stores like Pioneer Place in Portland, Omotesando in Tokyo, and Aix-en-Provence in France. Apple Stanford Shopping Center remains unique for its skylit room behind the main store area.
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