9 Most Beautiful Apple Stores In The World
Apple is one of the most sought after brand for high quality phones and consumer electronics. The global demand for Apple products seems to be growing faster than the Apple's supply. Much after bringing out the most promising technology and devices like iphone and mac, Steve Jobs began contemplating ways to increase sales and improving the retail presentation of Apple. This resulted in introduction of the first ever retail Apple Store in Tysons, Virginia on May 19, 2001. The second store opened a few hours later on the west coast in Glendale Galleria, near Pasadena, California. The first global Apple store opened outside of the U.S. was in the Ginza district of Tokyo, Japan in 2003.
Apple Store designs worldwide truly outshine with amazing architectures and interiors. By starting their own stores, Apple gained control over the image and presentation of their brand in a more controlled way than many other brands which has only further aided their unprecedented success in the global market.
Steve Jobs was very particular about product aesthetics and design, obsessing over everything from the size and shape of the original Macintosh to the look of on-screen app icons. Apple stores were no exception.
Apple stores are located in many high profile locations and cities around the world including New York, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Berlin, Sydney, Osaka, Shanghai and adding.
Palo Alto, California
The temple of Apple products which is meant to be a flagship of the brand, this apple store got opened in 2012 in california. In the project description, store was referred to as a new prototype. Contrary to the glass staircases found in many of Apple stores, the architectural innovation here was a glass roof. The glass-enclosed room makes the retail environment feel a part of the outdoor plaza, and the outdoor plaza part of retail environment. With storefront glass and three entrances, rarely has an Apple Store been so visually recognizable and physically accessible.
US Apple Store
Regent Street, London
This is the largest Apple Store in the World and got opened in 2004. Located in an historical building of the Edwardian Period ( that once housed the Thomas Cook Travel Agency ) this store boasts of apple signature glass staircases, a glass bridge and beautifully illuminated glass ceiling. The store also features many of the familiar elements associated with Apple Stores. The bright lights inside the store offer a warm contrast to the dreary, grey English weather outside. In 2015, the store underwent renovations to would let in more natural light from outside.
UK Apple Store
This one was the first ever Apple Store opened in Turkey in 2014. Designed by Faster and Partners, the design featured an exquisite ceiling and glass side walls, held together with structural silicone. The entrance led underground into Apple Store via a glass staircase. The glass entrance also allowed in natural lighting. The build looks admirable like a glass cube half immersed below the ground and half above. Amongst the flower beds and open space the glass structure is a spectacle to watch.
This apple store design was awarded the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence in 2014 as well as the award in theCommercial or Retail Structures category.
Turkey Apple Store
New York's Fifth Avenue
Apple Store at the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue is easily one of the most beautifully designed retail building in Midtown. The glass cube entrance stands in front of the GM building and customers descend down into the underground store via a glass staircase. The 32 feet glass cube is entirely self supporting.
This iconic apple store was Launched in 2006, the store is now a model for innovative design. Apple recently renovated the glass cube for an estimated cost of $6.6 million and attracts thousands of tourists from over the world.
US Apple Store
The second Apple Store in China opened in 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai with a whole new look. A cylindrical glass entrance took center stage in the plaza with a spiral glass staircases plunging down into an underground store. Apple was granted patent for this design as it had to be curved carefully in order to achieve its shape.
While designing the cylindrical glass entrance, Steve Jobs had the idea that the plaza surrounding the entrance should compliment the store and would look nice as a circle. It wasn’t one at the time construction but then Jobs had a discussion with the developer and according to fellow collaborator, Jobs successfully convinced the developer to redesign the plaza the way he had envisioned it.
China Apple Store
Hong Kong's IFC Shopping Center
Apple flagship store in Hong Kong was opened in September 2011 is unique in that it sits on what resembles an overpass, so cars can drive below. The space connects two wings of the International Financial Center shopping mall and features a glass spiral staircase. This Apple store has been the first one in Hong Kong. Also has a technology-based play area for kids, on the second floor.
Hong Kong Apple Store
Amsterdam's Leidseplein Square
Top most architectural beauties of Apple made it's way as flagship store which opened in 2012. This apple store was built in another historic europian location the hirsch building in Amsterdam's Leidseplein Square. The spectacular apple store occupies two stories of the building, the two levels connected by a glass spiral staircase.
The beautiful glittering glass staircase in the store’s center and transparent steps spiral around a large center column, reaching up to a ring of brilliant lights is a unique display of designer excellence. The store’s open, airy concept is achieved with an atrium stretching from the ground floor to ceiling, allowing customers to overlook over the store from wrought-iron balconies upstairs. The bright white walls and large skylight bring light inside even on the gloomiest of Dutch days.
Netherlands Apple Store
West Lake, Hangzhou, China
Apple store in west lake location opened its doors in 2015. At the time, it was the largest apple store in Asia. Apple's minimalist store here boasts ceilings almost 50 feet high and has no visible support columns. Interior's second level appears to float freely over the ground floor.
China Apple Store
Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain
This beautiful building was home to a hotel and head office of a bank before it was turned into an Apple Store.
Spain Apple Store
Do tell which one is your favourite among these apple stores. My personal favourite is Amsterdams Leidseplein Square apple store. Any experiences or information regarding these apple stores is also welcome.