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Planning Board Rendering Unveils New Glass-Enclosed Apple Store for Stanford

The Palo Alto Online has unearthed plans for a new glass-enclosed retail store going in near the current Stanford mini-store at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA.

The store will have three floor-to-ceiling glass walls enclosing the front of the store with a visually free-floating white roof overhead. This is a similar design to the new store being built in Portland, OR, as well as a new store in Aix-en-Provence, France. What makes this store unique, however, is the interior.

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In the middle of the store, it appears that Apple's architects have placed a stone wall that separates the store into two distinct areas. A front area enclosed by glass walls, and a rear space that will include the standard Apple Retail Store product tables and counters.

From the Palo Alto Online:
One seasoned industry observer who had viewed the early drawings called the building design exquisite. "It makes an elegant and dramatic statement. It is destined to become Apple's flagship store," he said. The structure features a tall glass cube with an overhang that extends well beyond the building. "It makes the space between the outside and the inside almost indistinguishable," the source said, adding that it will bear some similarity to New York's Apple Store Fifth Avenue, which also has a distinctive glass cube as an entrance.
The new store replaces the Rugby Ralph Lauren and Williams Sonoma Home stores that were previously in the space. IFOAppleStore notes the store, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, is expected to open by the end of the year. The existing Stanford mini-store will be shuttered once the new location opens.

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25 months ago
Awesome, more lawsuits coming from people with vision impairments...
Rating: 20 Positives
25 months ago
I see that and think...

Bonk. Bonk. Bonk. Bonk. Bonk. Bonk.
Rating: 9 Positives
25 months ago
This is like a smack in the face to that poor old lady that ran into the apple store glass door a few weeks back! :mad:
Rating: 4 Positives
25 months ago
This store is at the "Stanford Shopping Center", not at "Stanford University".
Rating: 3 Positives
25 months ago
Just don't install one in Montréal these days....

(Massive protests, rallies and sometimes riots due to a student strike)
Rating: 3 Positives
25 months ago
I think we may be seeing the first space designed for Apple's push into the living room. One half (the most visible) dedicated to the home experience, the other to have the typical set of product display tables.

This would allow them to separate the noise of those at the product tables from interfering with the (potential) Siri-activated Apple TV. It would also give shoppers an idea of just how beautiful the new TV is in a more familiar environment, perhaps even with couches and other furniture.

Just a thought.
Rating: 3 Positives
25 months ago
I am beyond ready for an elegant and dramatic glass store in my city.
Rating: 3 Positives
25 months ago
Very nice, but I hope they're not going to need to be picking bird carcasses off the walkway in front of this every day.
Rating: 3 Positives
25 months ago
Should be nice.
Rating: 2 Positives
25 months ago

What is the point of the front area if there are no tables or displays in it? What will they use it for?


It'll be used as common grounds for futurists in the area to come together and have earnest discussions over the implications of the technological singularity.

...needs more lens flare.

edit: "I have argued that we cannot prevent the Singularity, that its coming is an inevitable consequence of the humans' natural competitiveness and the possibilities inherent in technology. And with that said, sirs, I take my leave".

Bonk.
Rating: 2 Positives

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