Shinsaibashi Grand Opening
August 28, 2004

The spiral glass staircase is a one-of-a-kind structure among Apple stores, and possibly the only such stairs in the world. Besides being a manufacturing marvel, it adds substantial visual interest to the store, especially surrounded by the stainless steel walls. These photos show the stairs at about 11:30 a.m., when sunlight is striking the south side of the building, and slightly into the angled entry-way. The sunlight provides a warmish glow to the bridge and steps of the stairs during the day, while at night the lights from the ceiling provide a more reflective view.

Also see the waiting line and store interior photos.

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from the second floor showing the
stainless steel walls

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note the spiral ceiling lights

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the bridge "glow" effect

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view of the bridge over the ground floor

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fully-loaded stairs

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view back to the second floor from the
staircase bridge

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view from the bridge

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the gentle spiral, note the stainless steel
support rods

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the steps have a "glow"

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looking down at the ground floor

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from about the 10th step, out to the
ground floor