Architecture NEWS

Apple unwraps spherical glass Apple Store in Singapore by Foster + Partners

Apple has revealed its spherical Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore designed by architecture studio Foster + Partners, which it describes as its “most ambitious retail project”.

Built in Singapore’s Marina Bay alongside the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Apple Store is completely surrounded by water.

The transparent glass sphere designed by Foster + Partners has been revealed ahead of the store’s opening tomorrow. Instagram users had previously posted images of the globe-shaped store wrapped in a grey covering.

Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore by Foster + Partners is within a glass sphere

Accessed via a 45-metre-long underwater tunnel from the nearby shopping complex, the store is surrounded on all sides by the bay – creating the impression that it is floating.

“Apple’s most ambitious retail project sits on the waters of Marina Bay,” said the technology company.

“Appearing as a sphere floating on the iridescent Marina Bay, the store introduces a new and captivating retail experience at one of the most iconic locations in Singapore.”

Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore by Foster + Partners has an oculus inspired by the Pantheon

The store’s main space is an open-plan area within the 30-metre-diameter, self-supporting glass and steel dome. The structure is made from 114 pieces of glass with 10 narrow, steel vertical mullions for structural support.

Customers within the store will have 360-degree views across the Marina Bay to the surrounding city.

Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore by Foster + Partners has 360-degree views

“Apple Marina Bay Sands is all about the delicate interplay between transparency and shade,” said David Summerfield, head of studio at Foster + Partners.

Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore by Foster + Partners shop

“The structure dissolves the boundary between the inside and outside, creating a minimal platform that floats gently in the water, looking out over the bay and the spectacular Singapore skyline.”

Within the glass dome, a series of concentric light sunshade rings have been built to provide shading within the structure. These rings rise to the top of the dome where an oculus has been created that is “reminiscent of the famous Pantheon in Rome”.

“The dome appears ephemeral,” said Stefan Behling, head of studio at Foster + Partners.

“The effect is very calming, and the changing intensity and colour of the light is mesmerising. It is not only a celebration of Apple’s incredible products, but a celebration of light.”

A ring of ten trees has been placed around the edges of the shop’s main floor to provide additional shading. These trees are within leather-topped planters that can also be used as additional seating.

The structure is connected to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands by a 7.6-metre-wide underwater tunnel, which is flanked with product display cases and has an Apple genius bar running down its centre.

Apple Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore by Foster + Partners has a Genius Bar in an underwater tunnel

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: