Constructed in 1873, this historic building serves as the flagship retail store within Palazzo Marignoli, centrally positioned in Rome.

Eckersley O’Callaghan was appointed as Facade Consultant to design the shopfront elements and support Apple and Foster + Partners in the development of highly bespoke shopfront glazing systems.

A key project challenge was ensuring a focus on co-ordination with energy requirements and local regulations, in particular stringent solar control standards whilst achieving the highest level of glass clarity. To ensure high quality standards of the specification were met we inspected glass and window frames during production, conducted regular inspections onsite and assisted the contractor in resolving issues as they presented themselves.


We designed and oversaw the installation of a highly complex design for window frames and frameless doors, 20mm thick solid brass plates were used to make up a sharp and neat window frame. Despite the highly bespoke design we ensured it met the high standards for high thermal and weather tightness performance. This was achieved through detailed design through a two dimensional heat transfer model, undertaking structural calculations and Studying construction details in close collaboration with the appointed contractors.

The installation strategy of large format pieces were coordinated with the contractor who initially wanted to split the frames into smaller sections. Through close working and collaboration with the contractor we identified a solution for larger jointless elements to be sourced, fabricated and installed in line with the original design intent.

Rome, Italy


Foster + Partners