Apple is no slouch when it comes to the design of their stores. They are known throughout the world for their novel and unique architecture that has dropped a few jaws. The corporation has been honored with several awards for their creativity and inventiveness. The inclusion of glass as a primary element in some of the buildings has created some of the most amazing staircases, bridges and other accents housed within the store. For your enjoyment, we've gathered a small collection that includes the top 10 Apple stores in the entire world.
Apple Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
The Apple Store Ginza, Tokyo, Japan can boast about being the highest Apple Store on the planet. You immediately notice the use of glass, which is becoming a hallmark characteristic for many locations. When you reach the interior, there is a distinct feeling that you are surrounded by glass, but you're probably more interested in accessing the multiple services that the store provides. This particular store has the distinction of being the very first one that was opened outside of the US. If features an elevator that does not have any buttons.
Apple Store in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Of course, an Apple or any other store that opens in Dubai is obligated to assume a unique appearance. The store is found at the Mall of Emirates location and is the first one established in the Middle East. It also is the largest one that the corporation has built. Although this was the first, it was a mere three hours later that a different Apple store in the United Arab Emirates opened its doors, but this one beat it and wins the prize for being first.
Apple Regent Street Store, London, England, UK
The Apple Regent Street Store in London is one of the biggest in the world, rivaled only by the Dubai location. The hallmark glass with the Apple logo neatly displayed on each pane of the store front. It's placed in a Edwardian period historical building and includes some significant features that make it a wonder worth seeing. When you enter the store, you're greeted with a lovely glass bridge, glass staircases and a ceiling that is made of glass with magnificent illumination.
Boylston Street Store, Boston
The Apple Store at Boylston Street in Boston is one of the most amazing buildings that starts off with a massive glass storefront, but this is minor compared to what you'll find once you pass through the doors. A garden top roof top sits atop the novel example of architecture but the public is not allowed to access this area. An awe inspiring glass staircase graces the interior and it's a distraction for many who are there to conduct business, but instead, can't take their eyes off the elements of the building.
Fifth Avenue, NYC
The Apple Store that sits at Fifth Avenue in New York City is another example of architectural genius. Although the store is not as large as many of its other high profile locations, the glass tube style entrance at the front is unique. Tourists from across the globe make it a point to visit the store and there are times when long lines of spectators can be seen, waiting their turn to get inside.
Shanghai Store, China
The Apple Store that is located in Shanghai, China is yet another architectural wonder that has its own distinct features. It is built below the ground with a cylindrical glass structure rising from the ground. It towers high in the air and leads downwards to the spiral stair case that takes you to the main area of the store beneath. If you're in Shanghai, this amazing architecture is a must-see.
Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
This Apple Opera Store is located in Carrousel du Louvre, Paris France and is one of the most amazing retail buildings in the area. In addition to being right beside the Lourve Pyramid at the Museum, it features two floors along with a spiral staircase located in the center made of all glass.
Oper'a Store in Paris
The Apple Opera store in Paris is placed in a building that is 130 years old. The architectural design is much different that other Apple franchises. Of course, it embodies the romance of France, but it also features mosaic floor tiling and copious amounts of stone work and brass.
George Street, Sydney
The Apple Store located at George Street in Sydney, Australia is the second largest retail store in the world. One of the greatest features of this store is the Genius Bar. When in Sydney don't forget to include this location in your tourist itinerary.
The Apple Store – Hong Kong: IFC Mall
The Apple Store at IFC Mall Hong Kong is a two story wonder that is strategically placed with connections to a popular shopping mall. The second floor features a play area for younger kids that gives them a healthy and fun dose of technology for stimulation while parents gawk at the amazing glass spiraling staircase.
Written by Garrett Parker
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