Apple Flagship Store in Washington DC’s Historic Carnegie Library by Foster + Partners

Apple Flagship Store in Washington DC’s Historic Carnegie Library by Foster + Partners
[Washington] USA
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A rendering showing the exterior of Carnegie Library with Apple as a tenant
Apple Flagship Store in Washington D.C.’s Historic Carnegie Library, it is official. The plans to create an Apple store in Washington, are moving forward, thanks to the approval of the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB).
Starting this fall, construction is expected to begin in order to convert the 113 years old structure into an Apple store, the second one in the city, inside the historic building of Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square in Washington DC. Lease terms have not yet been finalized, but the expected proposal is for 10 years with two five-year extensions.

Apple is working with London’s Foster + Partners and Beyer Blinder Belle on the project.

According to the staff report and recommendation filed with the HPRB, “The preservation benefits of this project far outweigh the drawbacks—especially on the exterior.”

According to the HPRB staff report, the most significant changes proposed to the building’s interior include removing the original laylights from the Great Hall ceiling in order to create a new retail atrium. In this space, a video screen will be installed, and “circulation bridges” will connect the upper floors. The sales floor will also be tree-lined and with a skylight overtop.


Norman Foster is considered by many to be the most prominent architect in Britain. He won the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the 2009 Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes Prize.

Lord Foster rebuilt the Reichstag as a new German Parliament in Berlin and designed a contemporary Great Court for the British Museum. He linked St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate more