Shibuya Store Glass Staircase
Apple's store design and architecture is intended to support the design and form of its products, so they take every opportunity to create interesting, intriguing and inviting spaces for visitors. One of the most spectacular store designs has been the spiral glass staircase first installed at the Shinsaibashi (Japan) store in Osaka. It's free-standing and supported from above by stainless-steel rods mounted in the ceiling. It's both an engineering and esthetic masterpiece that almost forces visitors to visit the second floor.
A second spiral glass staircase was installed in the Shibuya store in Tokyo, which opened Aug. 6, 2005. The two staircases differ in several significant ways:
Thanks to Doctor Q at MacRumors.com for these detailed photos of the staircase!