Apple Retail Store,
West 14th Street, New York,  NY 

With Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Design: 2007
Construction: 2007

14,188 sq. ft.

James Gwise was Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s project manager for Apple’s West 14th Street Store, responsible for managing design team activities, consultant coordination and construction administration.

This project created a 14,188 sq. ft. retail store in a former meat processing plant on New York City’s west side.

The store features a 3 story atrium and spiral glass staircase connecting 3 floors of retail sales. 

Creation of the new atrium and Insertion of the glass stair required the removal of a  column and floor beams at 2 levels and provision of replacement support structure at the roof level.  To carry the load of the existing column, a new built up girder consisting of a pair of 24” deep steel beams was installed above the existing roof and the load of the existing roof framing transferred from the  column to the new girder, allowing for the column’s removal.

The interior of the existing store is treated with new fabric and stainless steel ceiling, stainless steel wall panels, Pietra Serena Limestone floor and maple casework.  To complement Apple’s crisp materials pallet, the interior surface of the existing brick wall was lined with new brick matching the recently renovated exterior brick facade.

Apple Retail Store
Boston MA

With Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Design: 2006 - 2007
Construction: 2007-2008

22,000 sq. ft.

James Gwise was Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Project manager for Apple’s Boylston St. store, responsible for managing design team activities, consultant coordination and construction administration.

Situated within the Historic Back Bay Architectural District, the new  Apple Store is of modern design and successfully references the  general character and scale of the surrounding historic building fabric by careful organization of structural elements and sensitive detailing. 

The Boylston street  facade is layered  composition of an  exterior skin of glass over a three bay steel structural frame sheathed in bead blasted stainless steel. The exterior layer of glass completes the street wall,  the carefully detailed expression of the structural frame references similar architectural patterns found throughout the Back Bay.  

The glass wall system is hybrid of cantilevered glass curtain wall at the upper floors and traditional storefront at the sidewalk.   The cantilevered curtain wall consists of a series of hockey stick shaped structural elements attached to a large “shoe” mounted to the roof deck; the bottom of the curtain wall is stabilized by a horizontal glass beam secured in place by horizontal stainless steel struts.

Low iron glass, selected for its minimal color distortion and  high degree of transparency, is utilized at both curtain wall and storefront; custom machined stainless steel fittings are used throughout.

The north facade and mechanical enclosure are covered with precast concrete elements which continue the  theme of structural expression developed on the Boylston Street elevation.