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