updated 11:00 pm EDT, Thu November 3, 2011
Glass 'cube' landmark now with fewer panels
As reported earlier this week, Apple's Fifth Avenue store in New York City has shut down overnight -- a rare occurrence at the normally 24-hour location -- in preparation for the formal unveiling of the remodelled store's iconic glass cube, which appears to be scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday morning, according to a note on the store's web page. MacRumors reports that workers have removed a portion of the white covering that is below the fence level of the renovated store.
The company began the remodelling in June with the goal of reducing the number of glass panes used by the landmark. The store, which is housed underground, remained open during the dismantling and restoration work. The old design used 90 smaller panes of glass; the new look will use just 15 but remain the same size overall, making the cube more polished and symmetric with fewer "seams."
The reconstruction cost Apple approximately $6.7 million, and workers are now in the final stages of preparation, power-washing the sidewalk area around the landmark.