Apple will open flagship store in Carnegie Library

Plans for Apple’s next flagship store, will be located within the historic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square in Washington, D.C. The project comprises both an interior/exterior restoration and renovation of the 63,000-square-foot Beaux Arts Library, which will allow the library to be shared by Apple and the building’s existing tenant, The Historical Society of Washington. The two-story Apple store will be located on the first floor and basement levels of the building, and will be designed by frequent Apple collaborators Foster + Partners.

Earlier renovations will be reversed, including a rooftop over the original skylight and the conversion of a reading room into a theater. Partitions in the library’s stacks will be removed, and the ceiling in the Great Hall will be redesigned to create an atrium. The new space is also planned to include a massive video screen, new wall openings on both levels, and bridges connecting the upper floors. Other changes will include the addition of a rounded grand staircase on the building’s north facade and the removal of a central pillar in the entryway to create space for a glass entrance.

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