Apple has filed a patent application for the curved glass that was used in the construction of one of the Apple Stores in China. The Pudong Apple Store in China features what most Apple Stores are known for; its glass facades and staircases. These two received a patent back in 2002 and listed the late Steve Jobs among its lists of inventors. These patents are designed to inter-connect and form a larger structure. According to Patently Apple, “A building panel and a building formed there from, where the building includes a plurality of building panels arranged to for a cylindrical shape, where each panel comprises a single, or monolithic, glass piece.”
The company responsible for the curved glass structure highlighted in the Pudong Store is Beijing-based North Glass Safety Glass Co, which produced the glass panels for the entrance of the store. The glass panels measured up at 41 ft long and 8.5 ft wide and on top of that, the panels themselves are all curved. The above image is the picture of the Pudong Apple Store in China for while Apple already filed a patent. That patent on the other hand was for the entire building’s design including the underground part of the structure as well as the staircases.