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Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store to Feature Public Plaza and Waterfall Entrance

14:00 - 26 May, 2017
Foster + Partners' Milan Apple Store to Feature Public Plaza and Waterfall Entrance, via

Renderings have been revealed for the upcoming apple store in Milan’s Piazza Liberty, designed by Foster + Partners in their latest collaboration with the technology giant. Following an extremely site-specific approach, the new flagship store will be located under the existing piazza, introducing a new public amphitheater and waterfall feature that will double as the store’s entrance.

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Meet Ava - The App to Transform Interior Design

06:00 - 11 April, 2017

Today, app developer Morpholio has unveiled the newest addition to its collection of architectural aids. Ava, short for Automated Visual Assembly, aims to streamline the interior design process by allowing the user to navigate seamlessly between visually-appealing presentation boards and detailed, editable data spreadsheets.

Ava seeks to reform the status quo for interior design projects, which often involves the separate creation of visual presentation boards for clients, cut sheets and specs for drawing sets, and product lists for purchasing. Ava has been invented to package images and information more intelligently, optimizing beauty, clarity, and ease, and allowing designers to navigate neatly from process, to presentation, to project delivery.

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Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design

00:00 - 28 August, 2014
Apple Awarded Patent for Flagship Store Design, © Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin
© Flickr CC User Mathieu Thouvenin

The US Patent and Trademark Office have awarded a patent to Apple for the design of their flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New Yorkreports MacRumors. The patent, applied for by Apple in 2012, applies to the above-ground glass cube, which was originally designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and - after a renovation in 2011 - is made of just 15 glass panels with minimal steel fixings. More on the patent after the break.

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design, Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

What Does the New Apple Store in San Francisco Say About Commercial Architecture?

00:00 - 15 June, 2013
What Does the New Apple Store in San Francisco Say About Commercial Architecture?, Rendering of the proposed Apple Store in Union Square
Rendering of the proposed Apple Store in Union Square

This past May, Apple filed plans to close its existing flagship retail store at 1 Stockton Street in San Francisco and move it three blocks north to one of the city's most popular spots: Union Square. This plan was met with enthusiasm from city officials until they realized that Apple and the store's architects at Foster + Partners were disregarding a beloved bronze folk art fountain by San Francisco sculptor Ruth Asawa that currently occupies the site. Many have also criticized the store's design for being a characterless box of metal and glass that contributes nothing unique to the local landscape, raising awareness of a commercial architecture defined more and more by trademark and less and less by its surroundings.

More on Apple's proposal in San Francisco and the problems of trademarked design after the break.

Trademark Awarded to Apple Retail Stores

00:00 - 28 January, 2013
Trademark Awarded to Apple Retail Stores, Apple's Typical Store Design © bfishadow via Flickr. Used under <a href=''>Creative Commons</a>
Apple's Typical Store Design © bfishadow via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons

Apple has successfully been awarded a trademark for the “design and layout” of their retail stores. Since opening their first in Virginia over a decade ago, their stores have been at the heart of the companies branding; with the late Steve Jobs heavily involved in their design. Since, the growing presence of similar stores, including a familiar Microsoft chain launched in 2009, has left Apple feeling the need to protect its own distinctive style.

More after the break.

Evolution of the Apple Store as Told by Thomas Park

19:00 - 21 December, 2011
Courtesy of Thomas Park and Apple Inc.
Courtesy of Thomas Park and Apple Inc.

Thomas Park has compiled a gallery of all 357 of Apple’s stores from all over the world.  The images are pulled directly from Apple’s own website and include information about where the store falls among the 357, where it is located and when it was opened.  Park’s initiative was sparked by the desire to detect the evolution in Apple’s strategy of storefront design. Apple’s retail architecture shows the success of closely adhering to design principles in the visual branding of products, the products themselves, and the environment in which they are actually sold.  Apple has a simple, crisp and sleak design that comes through in their products and in their stores and give off the same feeling of reliable design.

More after the break.

Shanghai Apple Store / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

17:00 - 7 July, 2010

Similar to their identifiable products, the Apple stores require a sleek, almost instantly recognizable, aesthetic.  As keepers of the latest technology, the buildings’ minimalist interiors boast a calm and sophisticated demeanor, complimenting, yet not overshadowing, their prized possessions.  It may come as a surprise that the leading architects behind the stores are Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), a firm that had never designed a retail store before Apple and whose principal, Peter Bohlin, winner of the AIA Gold Medal, ironically doesn’t use email.

Bohlin has awed us in the past, especially with Apple’s second Manhattan retail store located on Fifth Avenue.  Turning a tough retail space into a successful masterpiece, the store’s iconic cube, a 32-foot glass structure, marks the store’s entrance and beckons customers down to the retail level which is illuminated with natural light.   And now, BCJ has just unveiled their latest Apple store, and the first of its kind in China which seeks to emulate similar design decisions as the Fifth Avenue project.