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Redesigned and Expanded Third Street Promenade Apple Store Opens in Santa Monica, CA

Apple has opened its new Third Street Promenade Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA. The store has the same design as the new Palo Alto location, with a slightly smaller implementation as the Upper West Side store in Manhattan.

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Apple's old Third Street Promenade location was one of the early Apple Stores and was an extremely popular location that was almost always crowded to capacity. The new store should allow considerably more foot traffic.

Apple proposed the new store to the Santa Monica planning commission more than a year ago, with the new building gaining approval without so much as a discussion.

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21 months ago

This is so worth frontpage.. Ha


Maybe we should put you on the back page.
Rating: 19 Votes
21 months ago

This is an ecological disaster of building for such a climate. I bet the air conditioning units are larger in volume than the actual store to keep this place cool. But they could be using reflective coatings on the glass which would mean anyone walking outside will be properly toasted.


I am sure that Apple doesn't know what they are doing when it comes to glass, building with it or using it for their products, let alone environmental or ecological issues.

In short they seem to be clueless. We will only believe you.

Clearly time for you to step up and help them, before somebody gets hurt!

Don't hold back, they need you.
Rating: 18 Votes
21 months ago

Redesigned to look like any other apple store in the world...:rolleyes:


Wow such an original comment.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 months ago

This is an ecological disaster of building for such a climate. I bet the air conditioning units are larger in volume than the actual store to keep this place cool. But they could be using reflective coatings on the glass which would mean anyone walking outside will be properly toasted.


Says the person that knows absolutely nothing about the thermal properties of glass....


Do you even know the fruits of the massive partnership between Apple and Corning over the last decade? They are pushing forward the limits of glass technology, making architectural glass bigger and stronger (with many other very interesting properties) than anyone in the history of mankind. Hell just for their "cube" in NYC they had to send a design team to China just to engineer a new machine for making seamless glass that big (surely in preparation for the massive curved panels going into the new HQ).

Glass, when done right (which is clearly what apple does in their flagship stores), is one of the most environmentally friendly construction materials around. Just a small gap of air between two panes makes one of the best insulators for large buildings, and that has been standard practice for over half a century now. Just think of all the engineering that is going on behind the scenes.
Rating: 14 Votes
21 months ago

This is an ecological disaster of building for such a climate. I bet the air conditioning units are larger in volume than the actual store to keep this place cool. But they could be using reflective coatings on the glass which would mean anyone walking outside will be properly toasted.


Says the person that knows absolutely nothing about the thermal properties of glass....


Do you even know the fruits of the massive partnership between Apple and Corning over the last decade? They are pushing forward the limits of glass technology, making architectural glass bigger and stronger (with many other very interesting properties) than anyone in the history of mankind. Hell just for their "cube" in NYC they had to send a design team to China just to engineer a new machine for making seamless glass that big (surely in preparation for the massive curved panels going into the new HQ).

Glass, when done right (which is clearly what apple does in their flagship stores), is one of the most environmentally friendly construction materials around. Just a small gap of air between two panes makes one of the best insulators for large buildings, and that has been standard practice for over half a century now. Just think of all the engineering that is going on behind the scenes.


furthermore, the average temperature in santa monica is between 63°-71° (http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USCA1024). most of the homes in that area don't even have air conditioning.

what, exactly, about the climate would necessitate "units are larger in volume than the actual store"?
Rating: 14 Votes
21 months ago

Apple store articles are the dullest postings on this site.

Really... who cares?


The answer is, "You do." You cared enough to click on the link and post. If you really didn't care, why did you even click on the link to begin with.

Furthermore, if you have such a lack of caring for this post, why did you even post a comment?

Honestly people. Stop whining.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 months ago

Also in Santa Monica how the hell do they keep the building cool in summer?

Went in today myself (awesome!). In addition to many answers you've gotten, like the design being high and wide:

(1) Santa Monica, being near the ocean, is typically some 10 degrees cooler than the rest of L.A. So if it's 90 degrees in L.A. it's 80 in Santa Monica. Also, because S.M. is on the ocean, it gets far more fog and cloud cover. The Promenade is some three blocks from the ocean. So while there is a lot of sunlight during the year (it's California), S.M. is, relatively speaking, less relentlessly sunny than other areas of Southern California.
(2) the glass ceiling panels are tinted--i.e. they're blocking out a lot of the sunlight.
(3) the front windows won't get any direct sunlight coming in as the store faces west. That means only the setting sun could come in through the front of the building and buildings across from the store prevent that. Which is to say, the only direct sunlight will come in from overhead (see #1)
(4) I asked one of the sales guys about the heat issue and he pointed out to me a whole perforated area of wall below the display tables. The building has a system of air that comes out from the lower walls and circulates over the floors. He assured me that rain or shine, the building will stay at a comfortable temperature year round. It's very highly and ingeniously climate controlled.
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
Redesigned to look like any other apple store in the world...:rolleyes:
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago

Wow such an original comment.


As original as apple's design of their stores. ;)
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago

This is an ecological disaster of building for such a climate. I bet the air conditioning units are larger in volume than the actual store to keep this place cool. But they could be using reflective coatings on the glass which would mean anyone walking outside will be properly toasted.


For such a climate? What do you think Santa Monica is like? Death Valley?:rolleyes:

I think it's safe to assume Apple and the engineers behind these magnificent buildings know what they are doing when it comes to glass.
Rating: 8 Votes

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