On a tree-lined avenue in Singapore, fittingly named Orchard Road, Apple has opened its first Flagship store in the city-state, highlighting its role as a global center for creativity and innovation. Designed by Fosters + Partners, in collaboration with the design team at Apple, the Orchard Road Flagship seeks to create a new social focus by working in tandem with nature, blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
The new flagship store embodies Singapore’s status as one of the world’s greenest cities, taking further inspiration from the nutmeg and fruit orchards which once dominated the site. A street-side public plaza creates a shaded green orchard of eight mature trees, offering a respite from Singapore’s dense urban environment. Above a signature Apple glass façade, measuring 46ft high and 120ft wide, a thin, white, cantilevering canopy draws the eye inwards, whilst providing shelter from Singapore’s tropical climate.
This is one of our greenest Apple spaces yet – not only does all the energy come from renewable sources, but it is filled with lush trees. It also breaks down the boundaries between the inside and outside, with the greenery cascading through the store from the mezzanine to the ground floor and out to onto Orchard Road, creating the most welcoming civic gesture – Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.
The interior features two large stone walls with Italian hand-carved, artisan, stone staircases. Flowing towards the mezzanine level, the staircases feature integrated handrails with a tactile, smooth finish. The mezzanine contains the world’s largest Genius Grove, with twelve Ficus trees serving to enhance the human experience, enriching the temperature, smell, and aural qualities of the space. Underneath Apple’s widest ever video screen, a creative hub plays host to experts from photography, music, app development and art, seeking to educate, inspire and entertain everyday users.
Like Singapore, Apple Flagships have come to be recognized as a center for vibrancy, creativity, and innovation. On Orchard Road, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
News via: Fosters + Partners.
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