Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

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The Institution of Structural Engineers has awarded the Apple's 'Glass Lantern' Zorlu Store with its Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence. The award is granted at the Judges' discretion to recognize the finest example of structural engineering in a given year.

This latest iteration of structural glass design provides the purest form possible within the limits of current material fabrication. Clear glazed single panel walls with no connections to distract the eye, 10m long by 3m high on four sides, provide an efficient structural form capable of resisting seismic loads, while providing total transparency and architectural purity. The lightweight ultra-thin roof made of CFRP panels (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) seamlessly joined on site, provides a completely smooth uniform soffit while also improving the seismic performance of the whole structure. In such a minimalist project the detailing required particular attention, the result being a total absence of fixings, with the five panels being held together by structural silicone.

"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."

We posted on the impressive Apple Store when it first opened in April. The store is located at the new Zorlu Center in Instanbul, Turkey. It features a glass rectangle that sits above the ground while the two-level store itself is below the surface. The rectangle is topped by a huge white roof featuring the Apple logo. The roof is visible from the heights of surrounding apartment buildings.

Take a look at some photos below...

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Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence

Apple's Glass Lantern Store Wins Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence
Josh greens - December 15, 2014 at 11:26am
Yay is a square now Apple invented a square
Sonu - December 13, 2014 at 3:22pm
Also why do you guys fight verbally for Apple & Android? Just take your pick, enjoy and be calm... Everyone has his/her own taste... So chill guys... There are much better topics to put your point across...
Sonu - December 13, 2014 at 3:17pm
Nice... But when so much done why not a rotating and glowing Apple logo too?
KMC King - December 13, 2014 at 3:03pm
It's a f*cking award for structural engineering. It has nothing to do with iOS vs Android. So, why the f*ck do you Apple haters care if they get a building award? Does Android suck so much that it burns you up every time you hear Apple's name?
Wtf - December 13, 2014 at 9:34am
It's a cube you morons! Give me a break!
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