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Retail Store Design: The Latest Architecture and News

How Apple Strives for the Perfect Sky and Revives Cities

At first glance, it seems that Apple's strong retail design has derived from consistent design. But since Steve Jobs opened the first Apple Store in 2001, the brand has changed its store and lighting design concept five times. Thereby change appears as a central factor when a brand grows and expands internationally. For each period Apple developed sophisticated details and has strived for the perfect sky in their store - a smart strategy to enhance naturalness and sustainability.

Apple Store Westlake, Hangzhou / China. Architecture: Foster + Partners. Image: © Nigel Young Apple Fifth Ave, New York / USA. Architecture: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image: © Esto; Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Apple Dubai Mall, Dubai / UAE. Architecture: Foster + Partners. Image: © Apple Apple Piazza Liberty, Milan / Italy. Architecture: Foster + Partners. Image: © Apple + 9

Glass in Retail & Commercial Architecture: Texture, Brightness and Color

Nowadays, new technologies for the treatment of glass provide new ways to use this material in architecture. Applied indoors, specifically in retail stores, glass in its different textures, colors, finishes and levels of transparency can allow the unobstructed view of certain products, hide more private areas without blocking the passage of light, and attract the attention of customers as focal points, among many other uses.

Review below a selection of applications in commercial projects.