updated 09:00 pm EDT, Mon May 19, 2014
Team of architects being hired to transform former mortgage bank
A team of architects and engineers frequently associated with some of Apple's most iconic retail store designs have been hired to work on the company's new Madison Avenue store in Manhattan, city permit filings have revealed. The two companies involved -- Eckersley O'Callaghan and Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson -- have been responsible for such stores as the Fifth Avenue "cube," Shanghai's glass cylinder and London's Regent Street store.
That the two companies are teaming up again to restore and renovate the 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building suggests both that the new store will be another flagship location for the city, and that Apple's long obsession with structural glass engineering will play a role in the new location. Both companies have worked extensively with the kind of long glass panels the iPhone maker has used on several projects, ranging from the revised design of the glass cube on Fifth Avenue to the 40-foot glass walls of Steve Jobs' personal yacht.
Apple has already begun work on the interior demolition of the building, leaving only the limestone and marble facade intact. The building was formerly occupied by luxury retailer VBH, and offers some 9,000 square feet of space. Apple is expected to spend about $80,000 on soil testing and the interior demolition in preparation for millions more to be spent on the overall cleanup and renovation of the building, which originally opened in 1921.
No official opening date for the store has been announced. Based on the usual pace of construction on flagship stores, an opening in mid- to late 2015 is expected, according to ifoAppleStore.