New Glass Panels Arriving at Apple's Fifth Avenue Store Cube

Apple has been working for over two months to upgrade the iconic glass cube and surrounding plaza at its flagship retail store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, with the company switching to larger panes of glass for the cube to make for a cleaner appearance as the total number of panes is reduced from 90 to 15.

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TUAW notes that deliveries of the new glass panes have begun at the site, with workers utilizing a large crane to work through the night unpacking the large panes for installation.


According to Justin Parmer, who shot photos and brief video of the unloading process, the glass panes are roughly two inches thick. Based on the dimensions of the original cube, the new panes should check in at about 32 feet high by a little over 10 feet wide.

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PecanEater Avatar
167 months ago
I'm struggling to determine why this is noteworthy.
I love people who complain about these "unnecessary" posts as if they're cluttering up very busy lives but then take the time to post complaints.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oceanwest Avatar
167 months ago
That's not glass – That is Transparent Aluminum. :p
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writingdevil Avatar
167 months ago
^^^^ Agree.

Slow news day indeed.
Come on MR… surely you can do better than this Page 2 stuff? :confused:

i have to confess...i stop and look at construction cranes when they are doing something really big ass. my gf can't stand watching for a nano second and pulls my arm like she tugs at her dog. i still like to watch that kind of stuff and hold my ground from her tugs (for a short time, admittedly)
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gnasher729 Avatar
167 months ago
I hope the glass panes have some kind of protective laminate coating; one rioter throws a chair and there goes the whole panel.
During the riots in London some looters tried to get into a jewellery store. They tried for twenty minutes, and they used more than just chairs. Couldn't get through the glass. Probably the hardest twenty minutes of work in their sad lives :mad:

Just noticed these low lives read MacRumors and modded me down :-)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C00rDiNaT0r Avatar
167 months ago
If the glass panels can fit into the cargoes, think they would ever make it into just 5 panels?
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tsadi Avatar
167 months ago
Glass that's 2 inches thick - wow!

Aside from tank windows, I've never seen anything with glass that thick. That makes it interesting at least for me.

I wonder though, is it really difficult building glass that thick with those sizes? Or just very expensive?
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