Apple Wins Approval for Glass Store in Santa Monica

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Apple’s plans to build a glass front and glass roof store in Santa Monica were approved this week, and the city’s Planning Commission didn’t even need a moment to discuss the project.

Apple had proposed the mostly glass building redesign for a store space previously occupied by a Borders book store, and approval for the remodel was required by Santa Monica’s Planning Commission. This week’s planning meeting, according to the Santa Monica Dispatch, handled that approval in surprisingly short order.

Santa Monica Apple Store renderingApple’s proposed new Santa Monica store

Image courtesy of LA Curbed

Details of the remodel were presented to the Commission by the city staff without identifying which company planned to use the space. The Commission immediately ran Apple’s project through its complete approval process without any discussion — a move that apparently never happens in the city.

The new Apple Store, according to LA Curbed, will sit on the Third Street Promenade near Santa Monica Blvd. The one-story store will cover about 8,084 square feet and Apple is apparently planning on offering employees incentives for using alternative transportation methods when commuting to work.

Apple hasn’t commented on the new store location yet.

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

On the site of a Borders Book Store! I guess the rumors about Apple buying a book store are true. smile

I wonder how the glass roof will affect the glossy screens of display Macs and iPads.

ibuck

A glass roof in Santa Monica, which gets very warm in spring-summer-fall, correlates with high air-conditioning costs. I wonder if employees using bike or alternative transportation will offset the costs, both financial and environmental, for this design’s high energy usage.

Francisco

glass roof store is actually a greenhouse store. What are they thinking? That wound make sense in a cold weather area, no there in Santa Monica!!

Bring your sunscreen lotion everybody!!

BurmaYank

ibuck: “A glass roof in Santa Monica, which gets very warm in spring-summer-fall, correlates with high air-conditioning costs.”

That would be true for normal air-conditioning, but not for a heat-pump system that is cooled (basically) for free by a 75-100 ft. geothermal heating/cooling well shaft system below that building.

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BurmaYank

Sir Harry Flashman: On the site of a Borders Book Store! I guess the rumors about Apple buying a book store are true.

Bingo!  Nice point! 

You’ve got me wondering now, what would be the next vestiges of the vast Borders holdings that we’ll see popping up inside Apple’s burgeonings? All those titles? A lot more stores?

“I wonder how the glass roof will affect the glossy screens of display Macs and iPads.”

Maybe the roof/wall glass will be polarized against glare.  I wonder how Apple’s other glass-roofed stores deal with glare.

BTW, I wonder what they are using that unroofed narrow rectangular space at the back of the building for.

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Lee Dronick

Maybe the roof/wall glass will be polarized against glare.? I wonder how Apple?s other glass-roofed stores deal with glare.

You can get a matte skylight, but not matte screens.

ibuck

Sir Harry said:  You can get a matte skylight, but not matte screens.

Touch?! You’ve cut that Apple to the quick!

BurmaYank said:

Maybe the roof/wall glass will be polarized against glare.  I wonder how Apple?s other glass-roofed stores deal with glare

Many Apple users are accustomed to glares?-from PC/Microsoft/Android fans, etc.  ; )

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