There are six words/things that come to one’s mind when one thinks of Apple; elegance, compactness, design, sleek, attractive and…very expensive ! No?
State-of-the-Art –Defined !
Apple has incorporated its mastery and originality of its designs into its flagship stores over the globe. The Apple Stores are literal architectural masterpieces and lie on the top-rung of the contemporary architecture.
The Apple Stores
Each Apple Store has been designed keeping in mind the minutest of the details, to capture the eyes of its consumers, and to set affirm the fact that Apple is the trend-setter and way beyond the normal league. The establishment of Apple retail stores was one hell of a smart move and at the moment of writing this 395 Apple stores have been established over the world .
“The Apple stores have been responsible for [turning] the boring computer sales floor into a sleek playroom filled with gadgets” – NYT.
The Apple Corporation has received many architectural awards for the mastery it has shown over its store designs. The most unique and trend-setting features of the Apple Stores are a big fancy for glass; glass bridges, glass staircases, steel box structures and complete glass cubes and the Genius Bar. Each Apple Store has set-up a Genius bar inside where customers are facilitated with technical advice and offer service and repair for Apple products.
That said, I would be introducing you to the most popular and top-ten of my personal favorite Apple Stores in the world. And, here we go.
1). Apple’s Regent Street Store, London
This store is the largest Apple Store of the World. Located in an historical building of the Edwardian Period this store boasts of glass staircases, a glass bridge and beautifully illuminated glass ceiling, as its architecture.
2). Fifth Avenue, NYC
This Apple Store is pretty small compared to the rest of Apple flagship stores. It boasts of an iconic 32 foot glass tube entrance which is why it attracts thousands of tourists from over the world. Hoards of fans keep waiting in queues outside to finally have the chance of seeing this iconic structure from the inside.
3). Oper’a Store, Paris
This Apple store has been established in a 130 year old building. And has often come under both criticism and praise for its different architectural design interior than most of the other Apple store; the store has more of a romantic vibe to it, thus keeping with the French tradition. The store boasts of mosaic floor tiling, brass and stone work, for its architectural creativity.
4). Apple Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
This Apple Store is the tallest Apple Store of the world. Also the first one to be established outside the States. Its unique architectural features are its stainless glass structure and a unique elevator which has no buttons at all.
5). George Street, Sydney
This Apple store is the 2nd biggest in the world . Its outstanding features are the largest Genius Bar of all Apple Stores and the Largest Apple Logo of all the stores as well.
6). Boylston Street Store, Boston
This Apple Store is the largest in the USA. Its unique design features are glass storefront and a garden rooftop. The garden roof top is not accessible to the public.
7). New York City, Upper West Side
This particular Apple Store is said to be the most expensive Apple Store to be built, to date. Its enormous glass storefront entrance leaves one agape. The amount of stone used to build for this particular structure was the maximum of all Apple Stores.
8). Shanghai Store, China
This Apple store is a below-ground store. And is a beauty. Seriously. There is this towering glass cylinder that leads to a spiral stair-case which ultimately leads to you the underground store. The architecture is absolutely mind blowing.
9). Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
This Apple Store has been built right next to the Lourve pyramid of The Lourve Museum. It has two floors and an all glass spiral stair case in the center.
10). The Apple Store – Hong Kong: IFC Mall
This Apple store has been the first one in Hong Kong. It is a two-storey building connected to a shopping mall. Also has a technology-based play area for kids, on the second floor.
So ,this was it; my virtual tour for you through the top most architectural beauties of Apple. There are some other Apple Stores as well that I am in love with but due to the constraint of making a list of top ten, I am unable to cover them over here as well. Lets just keep them for some other day.
And let me know your favorites among the Apple stores as well . I look forward to your views.