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World's Coolest Staircases

world's coolest staircases: Floating Glass Staircase, West 14th Street Apple Store

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Floating Glass Staircase, West 14th Street Apple Store, New York City

Apple is famous for its attention to design, which extends even to the details of its retail stores. The one in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood wasn’t the first or last to install a magnificent (patented) glass staircase, but its staircase was notably the first to spiral twice up to the second and third floors. Made from multiple layers of chemically tempered glass, the staircase has a central glass core with cantilevered glass beams and it is supported by steel grillage beneath the ground floor. You’ll feel like you’re walking on air. —Lyndsey Matthews

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