Apple's retail stores have always been attractive places, but their newest store in at the West Lake shopping center in Hangzhou, China, is more than attractive: it's gorgeous. Nearly nine years after the opening of the iconic Fifth Avenue cube, the West Lake Store continues Apple's traditions of glass, steel,and light, but in a striking cantilevered design by Foster + Partners architects (the same firm behind the design of the enormous ring-shaped Apple Campus 2). The store is the largest Apple Store in China and opened late last month.
Tucked on either side of that impressive cantilevered upper floor are a pair of glass stairs — the treads and the stringer (the vertical portion that runs perpendicular to the steps for the length of the stairs) are both made of sheets of laminated glass.
Source: Foster + Partners; Via: Cult of Mac
Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
Can't have this here in America. We'd probably break the steps walking on them. "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Fiber in Nashville? Save me based Google.
The 5th Ave Apple Store has glass steps. Glass is actually one of the stronger materials out there — at the same size it's stronger than concrete.
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I'm gonna move to America I swear!! Sent from the iMore App
That's nice! And they can't put a modest store here in my area. I have to drive 80 miles to the nearest Apple store. SMH!
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The store looks great. West Lake is a very nice place and the lake is beautiful. Sent from the iMore App
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