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The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey.  Photo credit: Hufton + Crow.

The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey.
Photo credit: Hufton + Crow.

STRUCTURAL DESIGNER

Eckersley O’Callaghan

CLIENT NAME

Apple Inc

LOCATION

Istanbul, Turkey

ARCHITECT

Foster + Partners

M&E ENGINEERS

Foster + Partners

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTORS

Seele and PCT (Premier Composite Technologies)

Image: Gary Allen

Image: Gary Allen

Description:

“The Glass Lantern, a feature at the new Apple store in Istanbul, Turkey, has been presented with The Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, as well as the Award for Commercial or Retail Structures. The Lantern, a stunning and unique glass structure which floods the store below with light, is made up of only five elements: four 10m x 3m laminated glass walls, supporting a roof made of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic.” [Source: bustler.net]

The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey.  Photo credit: Roy Zipstein.

The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul, Turkey.
Photo credit: Roy Zipstein.

“Completed in April 2014, and engineered by Eckersley O’Callaghan, the “Glass Lantern” was designed to achieve the ultimate transparent structure, free of the visible fixings and joins which could mar its integrity and transparency. The effect is a reductionist sculptural presence opening onto the store below. [Source: bustler.net]

Photo Source: ifoapplestore

Photo Source: ifoapplestore

Judge’s comment:

The judges found this to be a supreme example of collaboration between engineer and fabricator to achieve an outstanding, architecturally minimalist structure.  The use of single panes of toughened laminated glass to support a lightweight ultra-thin CFRP roof without connections other than structural silicone, takes structural glass technology into a new dimension.  A project where only engineering excellence and attention to detail can produce a result of such simplicity and purity of expression. [Source: istructe.org]

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