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.

Top 10 Awe Inspiring Apple Store in The World

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.

Top Ten Awe-Inspiring Apple Stores in The World

#1. Apple Store in UAE

Apple Store in Dubai
Image Credit: GulfNews.com

Apple recently inaugurated its first official store in Middle East, and also its biggest store around the world. The store is located in Mall of Emirates and is the first one in UAE. The store boasts the same Apple theme of wooden furniture along with green trees. This isn’t the only Apple store in UAE, as exactly after 3 hours of opening this store; Apple inaugurated another in Abu Dhabi.

#2. Apple’s Regent Street Store, London

Apple Regent Street Store London

This is the largest Apple Store in 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.

#3. Fifth Avenue, NYC

Apple Store at 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.

#4. Oper’a Store, Paris

Apple Opera Store in Paris France

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.

#5. Apple Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Apple Store Ginza Tokyo Japan

This is the tallest Apple Store in 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.

#6. George Street, Sydney

Apple Store at George Street Sydney

It is the 2nd biggest Apple Store 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.

#7. Boylston Street Store, Boston

Apple Store at Boylston Street Boston

It is the largest Apple Store in the USA. Its unique design features are glass storefront and a garden rooftop. The garden roof top is not accessible to the public.

#8. New York City, Upper West Side

Apple Store at Upper West Side NYC

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.

#9.  Shanghai Store, China

Apple Store in Shanghai 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.

#10.  Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

Apple Store in 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.

#11. The Apple Store – Hong Kong: IFC Mall

Apple Store at IFC Mall Hong Kong

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.

  • Dillip

    been to IFC mall apple store it was huge and i got myself an IWATCH with apple care , dont ever forget to have an apple care for ur apple products its very useful

  • Krinal Mehta

    Impressive list Adeel, wonder when a store from India would make the list.

    • Thanks Krinal, Right! that would be a great moment but what do you think which city is best for it ? (remember that there would be hell of glass work)

      • Krinal Mehta

        I would always love to see that at Ahmedabad, but Bangalore has the highest chance.