The design of Apple’s latest retail store is unlike any other we’ve seen from tech giants.
Set to open its doors to customers in Marina Bay, Singapore, on Thursday 10 September, the extraordinary dome-shaped site appears to float on the water, while providing a dramatic backdrop by the city’s bright skyline .
On Monday, the company posted the first photos of the store’s interior. You can see them in the gallery below.
Apple describes its new, circular store as “a first-of-its-kind, all-glass dome structure that is completely self-supported, consisting of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connections.”
The unique design allows natural light to flood, and even has trees that cut down its interior.
“We couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, building on our commitment to this special space that began more than 40 years ago,” Retail & People Said Apple’s senior vice president Didare O’Brien. .
When it opens this weekend, Apple will have three stores operating in Singapore. First opened on Orchard Road in 2017, followed by another at Jewel Changi Airport in 2019.
Apple’s latest store opening is a difficult time for the retail industry as lockdowns and other measures related to the coronovirus epidemic prompt a growing number of people to shop online.
In March 2020, the iPhone manufacturer decided to temporarily close all its stores outside of China due to the virus. Since then, it has been opening and closing its retail sites according to local circumstances regarding the severity of the epidemic.
As part of efforts to protect employees and customers, anyone entering the Apple Store is now asked to wear masks and submit them for touchless temperature checks. To ensure that social disturbances can be relaxed, how many people have been allowed to visit the store at any one time, while all table tops and other areas are also being cleaned regularly.