Apple IFC Hong Kong

  • Architect Bohlin Cwinski Jackson and Woods Bagot
  • Client Apple Inc, Cupertino, CA

The IFC HK store is located in the Central area of Hong Kong and is Apple's first entry into this market. The store is part of the IFC Mall and is suspended 11m above Man Cheung St, the building bridging the street with a 40m span.

EOC were responsible for the 9m tall glass facade, glass spiral stair, glass balustrades and internal mall storefront.

The principle challenges lay in the glass facade. It represented a departure from a bolted glass connection to a new type of encapsulated fitting where the metalwork is bonded into the body of the glass. This led to no visible bolted connections between glass elements and enhanced the minimal appearance of the facade.

The facade had to be engineered to resist the extremely high wind loads that Hong Kong sees during Typhoon season. Both the facade and the other glass elements also had to be capable of accommodating the significant deflections of the bridge structure.

The proposals lay well outside the conventions of facade and glass engineering in Hong Kong and the strict local construction guidelines led to long negotiations with the building authorities during the permitting process. EOC provided extensive justification of the design, through analysis and through both large and small scale performance tests.