a few weeks after the first images of apple’s floating marina bay sands store in singapore emerged, the tech giant has now officially previewed what it calls its ‘most ambitious retail project’ to date. the project, which is the first apple store to sit directly on the water, appears as a floating object that offers uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of the city and its famous skyline. designed in collaboration with foster + partners, the sphere is an all-glass dome structure that is fully self-supported, comprised of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection.
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internally, an oculus — inspired by the pantheon in rome — is located at the apex of the dome, providing a flooding ray of light that travels through the space. the interior of the glass is lined with custom baffles, each uniquely shaped to counter sun angles and provide a nighttime lighting effect. apple and foster + partners lined the interior with trees, allowing the green garden city of singapore to permeate the space, while providing additional shading and soft shadows through the foliage.
once inside, visitors can explore curated products and accessories, receive personal technical support, or simply take in views of marina bay. the forum is centered around a video wall, which serves as the stage for ‘today at apple’ sessions featuring singapore’s artists, musicians, and creators. entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with apple team members in the company’s first underwater boardroom, located on the lower level of the store.
the location will open on thursday september 10, 2020. however, to ensure the health and well-being of guests, visits on thursday will be by appointment only. customers can choose from available times online, and each non-transferable reservation admits one person. ‘we couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking apple marina bay sands in singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,’ said deirdre o’brien, apple’s senior vice president of retail + people. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.