Apple Granted Patent for Fifth Avenue Glass Cube Store Design

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has been granted a patent for the design of its iconic glass cube Fifth Avenue retail store, reports Patently Apple.

    The decision comes four years after Apple applied for a trademark related to the store's design, which is still currently pending. The panted granted today was originally filed on October 15, 2012 and credits eight inventors including former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

    Apple's Fifth Avenue store opened on May 19, 2006 and was designed by architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Due to a structural overhaul that took place in 2011, the location currently uses 15 panes of glass as opposed to 90 used in the original cube. The renovations on the newer cube also did away with nearly all of the hardware that previously held the original panes together, resulting in a "seamless" design.

    Article Link: Apple Granted Patent for Fifth Avenue Glass Cube Store Design
  2. Garsun macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2009
  3. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    I remember when I first saw it, I was like "So where's all the stuff?"

    I love the design, I see it as a metaphor for all things Apple - A gorgeous design that compromises on practicality, but you're willing to accept it because it just looks so damn nice.
  4. ricci macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2012
    Didn't know you could patent that? The store is basically underground and the glass is just show but it is nice especially at night! You see lots of people taking pics! Only in " The City" my home yo! Fagetaboutit :cool:
  5. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    If I'd designed and engineered it I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want anyone else copying it too.
  6. rk25123, Aug 28, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2014

    rk25123 macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010
    They patented a glass cube?!
    I call plagiarism:
  7. ricci macrumors 6502


    Aug 21, 2012

    No , it does make sense if no one has built this before and just think of Samsung building one down the block? Now they can't think about it without getting sued!!!
  8. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
  9. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    It's one of the biggest 24 hour tourist attractions in NYC.
  10. byke macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2007
    LDN. UK
    I feel sorry for farmers, as they won't be able to use their greenhouses any more.


    I just hope this clear box is not meant to be an artistic reputation of Jonny ives new ideas and concepts.
  11. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    If they never I could guarantee you Samsung stores would have the exact same architecture (their interiors are almost exactly the same already).
  12. Dcgod macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2013
    Does anyone proof reed thes stuph?

    The decision comes four years after Apple applied for a trademark related to the store's design, which is still currently pending. The panted granted...
  13. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    This thread is about to be filled with comments from people who have no idea what a design patent is.
  14. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    Which is crazy. Of all the things to do in New York...
  15. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    It's normal for tourists to visit architectural icons in cities they visit. People visit cathedrals too, but it doesn't mean they have to convert.
  16. erzhik macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2010
    No it's not. Stop making things up. You cannot compare a store to a tourist attraction, its a store. And the reason why there are so many people sitting around next to it, is because its the only place on 5th ave where you can easily sit down and eat (except central park),
  17. Moto G macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2014

    YES, they patented a glass cube, and they're not going to UN-patent it to please you. Jealous? You should be pleased for them - it's an amazing design. Get over it and enjoy your day.


    Me too :D
  18. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Umm, I've visited that store, and there are usually a bunch of tourists there, taking pictures of it, and of themselves around it. Not sure what you call a tourist attraction, but that seems to fit the definition.
  19. cicton macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    It's such a cool store.


    According to Forbes, it's the most photographed site in NYC.
  20. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    It sure is.

    It's one of the most iconic places in NYC, and every tourist wants to see the cube, and go into (under) it.
    Also, the location is a near perfect spot for tourists.

    BTW, it's not about comparing a store to a tourist attraction, it's about being one.
    Just like Nou Camp in Barcelona, not all tourist attractions have historic value etc.
  21. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    The Empire State Building is just an office building. So is the Chrysler Building, and so was the late WTC; and Macy's Herald Square is just a store.

    Seriously: two of the main things tourists do in a city is stare at the amazing architecture, and shop at iconic stores.
  22. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    I wonder if the architect and engineer had a say in Apple's patenting the cube? Or did Apple hire all their own architects and engineers the way they recently hired their own advertising employees?

    But the cube may be a first for being a cube, but it is not a first for a glass structure as an entrance. Look at IM Pei's glass entrance to the Louvre.
  23. Digital Dude macrumors 6502

    Digital Dude

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arizona where freedom still means something
    While some of us are waiting for updated products including the Mac Mini, Apple TV and so forth, Apple is working aggressively on projects like this? :eek:
  24. tbrinkma macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    I don't know. Did you read it?

    From the article:
    Yes, they misspelled the word 'patent'. However, 'trademark' (which you also called out) is spelled correctly. There's no conflict between the mention of the trademark filing and the patent issuance, though so I'm not sure quite where you're going with your post.

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