Apple’s 300th and largest store is housed in Grade II-listed warehouse buildings that date back to 1877. Image: BHE
The buildings occupy a coveted retail spot, facing the historic market square in the heart of Covent Garden. Image: BHE
This sensitively restored landmark building now houses the biggest Apple store in the world. Image: Apple
Careful restoration of the original brickwork creates a space that seamlessly merges historical features with contemporary design. Image: Apple
The flagship store includes a new glazed atrium that floods daylight into the courtyard below. Image: Apple
Apple Flagship Store, Covent Garden
Apple wanted to add to their London presence in Regent Street with a new flagship store in Covent Garden. The new retail space occupies a series of grade II-listed buildings located on the corner of the Piazza and James Street. Constructed between 1877 and 1879, these historic structures required a sensitive approach to design.
The historic warehouse building had a number or features that needed to be restored and integrated into the design for the new Apple store, including wrought iron beams, rustic brick walls and a concrete deck. Our team needed to ensure the building fabric was retained while incorporating the contemporary systems required for a state of the art flagship store.
To avoid compromising the building’s character our specialist team worked closely with the architect to determine the best location for external MEP services. Our team designed a high efficiency solution for the store to meet the maximum energy consumption criteria, while services are largely exposed within the interior space due to ceiling height limitations. We worked closely with the rest of the project team to maintain a high standard of finish, satisfying the demands of Apple to reflect their brand and quality.
The close proximity of the office to residential neighbours meant that we needed to acoustically design the dedicated equipment room to ensure that ambient noise levels are not increased beyond existing levels.
The project has won the 2011 Honour Award for Architectural Excellence for AIA Pennsylvania, the 2011 Design Award for Tri-States Design Conference, the 2011 Architecture Award for The Westminster Society as well as the 2011 AIA CC Merit Award.
- New flagship store for Apple housed in refurbished Victorian warehouse and hotel buildings
- Covent Garden is Apple’s 300th store, as well as its largest
- Multi award winning project combines historic features with contemporary design
- Store is located over two floors, with offices housed on third floor and services on the roof
2011 Honour Award for Architectural Excellence for AIA Pennsylvania
2011 Design Award for Tri-States Design Conference
2011 Architecture Award for The Westminster Society
2011 AIA CC Merit Award
Client: Apple Inc.
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Project Value: £10 million
Services provided by BuroHappold: Building services engineering (MEP), sustainability, fire engineering, acoustic design