A new Apple store in Orchard Road, Singapore, opened its doors to the public this past May.
When architectural firm Foster + Partners were designing the flagship Apple store in Singapore, they created a location with large windows and a thin, white canopy that cantilevers out 25 feet. To make the interior of the space memorable, they used large stone walls and two spectacular curved staircases made from Castagna stone.
The large stone walls to either side of the interior feature two spectacular curved staircases, hand-carved by Italian artisans from Castagna stone providing warm and beautifully sculpted bookends to the grand space inside – a homage to craftsmanship and materiality. It also feature integrated handrails which have a tactile and smooth finish. The staircases effortlessly flow up to the mezzanine floor with integrated handrails which have a tactile and smooth finish.
The mezzanine contains the largest Genius Grove in the world with twelve Ficus Ali trees. This not only appeal to the visual aesthetic, but stimulate all human senses – enriching the temperature, the smell, and the aural qualities of the space. It creates an oasis of tranquillity in the busiest part of the store. The Forum with Apple’s widest video screen in the world, is a gathering place. Here the Creative Pros and experts from photography, music, app development and art will educate, inspire and entertain consumers, educators, and local entrepreneurs.
Apple Orchard Road enables Singapore to become a new creative hub, a beacon for the community.
Photography by Nigel Young | Foster + Partners