April 15, 2013 AT 5:00 am

New Apple Stores to Be Designed by Foster + Partners

image © foster and partners, apple inc.

Apple has announced that it’s switching from its long-standing store-designer firms eight inc and bohlin cywinski jackson in favor of the larger and slicker foster and partners, known for, among other projects, the Hearst Tower in New York City and other large-scale glass-and-steel geometries in far-flung oil-rich countries like the Palace of of Peace and Reconciliation (in Kazakhstan) and the Blue City (in the Sultanate of Oman).  After a long-time collaboration on the new Apple campus, Foster + Partners was selected to design all future stores.  Let your imaginations run wild.
via designboom.


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1 Comment

  1. Although the Apple HQ is a beautiful design, I’m don’t like how it is completely disconnected from the surrounding areas, missing a chance to make a part of Silicon Valley more urban and interesting. Instead of trying to stitch the HQ into the local area — like a office tower in Manhattan or S.F., which would create vitality as the Apple workers walk to lunch in the neighborhood, or walk to errands, and so on — it’s an disconnected island. And will the public be able to see this building, or will it be fully locked up? Also, Silicon Valley has a huge housing shortage, so why not build some housing for Apple workers on the site, perhaps for visiting workers or new employees?

    That said, I highly recommend the documentary about Norman Foster called "How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?" (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1620785/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">IMDB listing</a>. The film recounts Foster’s career and focuses on many of his famous buildings. It was recently in the Netflix instant view library.

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