Apple granted U.S. patent for Steve Jobs-designed Fifth Avenue glass cube

“The iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store glass cube, which was designed in part by legendary company co-founder Steve Jobs, is now a patented ornamental building design sanctioned by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“The patent was officially granted this week, and represents the latest design of the 32-foot cube, which uses fewer panes of glass to achieve a cleaner aesthetic,” Marsal reports. “The simpler look came as a result of a redesign that was completed in late 2011.”

“Previously, the cube used 90 panes of glass, but Apple sunk an estimated $6.7 million into the 15-pane redesign at its flagship New York City store,” Marsal reports. “The cube was personally designed by Jobs and is one of the most photographed landmarks in the city. The former CEO even paid for the project himself, and was the owner of the structure.”

Apple Store, Fifth Avenue
Apple Store, Fifth Avenue

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    1. The cube: 3 sheets of glass on each of 4 sides, plus 3 sheets that compose the “roof.” The doorway elements – which I think are just 3 more pieces of glass – are not in the count.

      This structure is an amazing work of engineering combined with a radical use of materials. Interestingly, the glass comes from China and is the product of a very sophisticated process. I’ve been in the Shanghai Pudong Apple store many times – it is a cylindrical version of this structure. The curved glass tech from the Shanghai store will play a role in the glass panels for the new campus spaceship building.

      1. That’s pretty impressive.. I thought the support structure glass was also included so imagined each side and roof were single panes but the count would not add up. Knowing glass will crystallize eventually, I wonder if they plan on replacing the panes or just removing the building altogether when the time comes.

          1. Well, having experienced it happen literally in front of my eyes on two occasions makes me wonder.. Once the rear window of a car I was riding in crytallized (13 yr old car) and a large pane in one of my windows in a room I rented during college. It was like watching a seed crystal dropping into a super saturated solution. The cracks were very beautiful.. Windows were still there but I wouldn’t trust them to take any soft of light impact.

  1. Amazing that Jobs paid for it himself, that was a man who wanted to leave a legacy (and didn’t soak his stockholders to do so). Can anyone image any other Tech CEO doing something similar?

      1. and where did Bill get his money?

        Judge Jackson who presided in the USA vs Microsoft antitrust trial:

        “Microsoft executives proved, time and time again, to be inaccurate, misleading, evasive, and transparently false. … Microsoft is a company with an institutional disdain for both the truth and for rules of law that lesser entities must respect. It is also a company whose senior management is not averse to offering specious testimony to support spurious defenses to claims of its wrongdoing”

        look i’m glad Bill is trying to do some good but lets not forget how he made his money.

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