How might a Houston building with an all-glass roof stand up to the Gulf Coast’s formidable sun, heat, and gloppy rainfall? We all should be able to find out after Apple’s Highland Village store opens early next year. Thanks in part to the sleuthing of Houston production company owner Tracy Evans, the building going up at 4012 Westheimer next to the Sprinkles cupcake store has been identified as a smaller and somewhat altered version of the patented design for the Apple store the company opened 2 years ago on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Unlike that design, however — which lists the late Steve Jobs as one of its creators — the company’s first outside-of-a-mall store in Houston will feature not just a glass ceiling and facade, but a glass back wall as well.
Evans’s friend Jeffrey made the napkin sketch above showing the likely appearance of the finished building — based on Evans’s description of what he saw at the Highland Village construction site. Here are a couple of views of the UWS store:
Arched glass ceilings appear to be intended as a regular feature of newer Apple Stores. These renderings show planned renovations to existing stores in Palo Alto:
and Santa Monica:
Evans’s photos of the Highland Village construction show a bit of an arched roof already glowing behind the black privacy curtains:
And a peek at the roof structure inside, which appears similar to the New York store’s glass ceiling:
Apple store fan site ifo Apple Store notes that the store’s rear will be all glass as well, though there won’t be a back entrance. Back-of-house activities will likely take place in an adjacent space.
- Highland Village Apple Store – Glass Ceiling Spy Shot and Upcoming Highland Village Apple Store – Artist’s Rendition [Tracy Evans]
- Next Texas Store To Feature Glass Roof [ifo Apple Store]
- Previously on Swamplot: Force Quit, Restart? Apple Scrapes New Retail Building on Site of Planned Highland Village Store, The Next Moves at Highland Village: Apple Store, Restoration Hardware, Tootsies Replacement, The New Apple Store on Westheimer: Where the New iPads Will Hit the Street in Highland Village