Stores With A Glass Staircase

Several of Apple’s stores have dramatic glass stairways, which are described in more details here. The designs includes straight runs, spirals left and right (from the ground floor), right-angles, and switch-backs, rising to either two-levels or three-levels, or descending one level.

  • Soho (NYC) – A full straight run to second level. Staircase disassembled in mid-2012 during store remodel and expansion, reconstructed with larger glass panels and reinstalled. First-ever glass staircase in the chain.
  • The Grove (LA) – A full straight run to second level
  • North Michigan Avenue (Chicago) – A full straight run to second level
  • San Francisco – A full straight run to second level
  • Shinsaibashi (Osaka, Japan) – A full ascending-left spiral to second level; first spiral design, suspended from ceiling by steel rods. First spiral staircase design.
  • Regent Street (London) – A full straight run to second level, widest staircase at 2.4 meters
  • Nagoya (Japan) – A straight run to second level, ballastrade is the supporting structure, doesn’t touch the ground level
  • Shibuya (Japan)- A narrow ascending-right to second level at rear wall of store, supported from ground level
  • Fifth Avenue (NYC) – An descending-left spiral to underground, supported from ground level; circular glass elevator in center tube (unique)
  • West 14th Street (NYC) – An ascending-left to second and third-levels, supported from ground level. Tallest design of any store (3 levels, with Boylston Street)
  • Milton Keynes (UK) – A very narrow, tight left turn at rear of store to second level
  • Boylston Street (Boston) – A full ascending-left spiral to second and third-levels, supported from ground level. Tallest design (latter added West 14th Street and Wangfujing stores).
  • George Street (Sydney, Australia)- two separate stairways leading to upper levels, both straight runs of glass, one on top of each other, with a milk-white ceiling over the top, and view ports at the top and bottom of structure. The stairways are hidden away behind the back wall.
  • The Village at Sanlitun (Beijing (China) – a straight run from ground floor to second level, with one landing, and a small glass landing/bridge at the upper level. The stairway is tucked into a narrow space and is suspended from the ceiling by steel rods.
  • Sainte Catherine (Montreal, Canada) – A small, compact switch-back staircase at the back of the store going from ground floor to second level. Takes an ascending left turn.
  • Buchanan Street (Scotland) – a 180° ascending-left spiral glass staircase to the mezzanine.
  • Victoria Square (Belfast, Ireland) – A small, compact staircase at the back of the store from ground-floor to second level. Takes an ascending left turn.
  • Cabot Circus (Bristol, UK) – A duplicate of Victoria Square—a small, compact staircase at the back of the store from ground-floor to second level. Takes an ascending left turn.
  • Rosenstrasse (Munich, Germany) – A small, compact, ascending-left spiral staircase centered at the back of a 30-foot wide store. Supported by steel rods from the ceiling.
  • Princesshay (Exeter, UK) – A small, compact, ascending-left staircase at the rear of the store to the upper level.
  • Liverpool One (Liverpool, UK) – A compact, ascending-right staircase to the upper level.
  • Covent Garden (London, UK) – A full ascending-left staircase to the mezzanine. Also has a four-section, straight-run staircase at the rear of the store.
  • IFC Mall (Hong Kong) – A full ascending-left staircase to the mezzanine level.
  • Xidan Joy Life (Beijing, China) – A compact, ascending-left staircase at the rear of the store to the second level, and it also faces the upper-rear entrance out into the mall.
  • Hong Kong Plaza (Shanghai, China) – A full ascending-left staircase to the mezzanine level.
  • Nanjing East (Shanghai) – A full descending-left staircase to the basement level.
  • Parly 2 (Le Chesnay, France) – A compact, ascending-left staircase at the rear of the store.
  • Callé Colon (Valencia, Spain) – A compact straight run, two-flight at the side of the ground floor
  • Amsterdam (The Netherlands) – A ascending-left spiral glass staircase
  • Passeig  de Gràcia (Barcelona, Spain) – Straight-run, three-flight ascending staircase parallel to the rear wall; also a one-flight stone descending staircase to the basement.
  • Via Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy) – Straight-run, two-flight ascending staircase to the upper level.
  • Via Roma (Torino, Italy) – Not glass, but a straight run, dark stone staircase from the ground level to the second level (rare use of stone)
  • Wangfujing (Beijing, China) – A full three-level, ascending-left spiral glass staircase from the basement to the second level