Apple's Newest Japan Store Features 'Green' Wall for Climate Control

Thursday May 29, 2014 7:03 PM PDT by Juli Clover
Apple's upcoming Omotesando retail store located in Japan may incorporate a unique "green curtain" of vines and plants to help with climate control, according to Japanese Apple site Mac Otakara [Google Translation].


Though much of the store remains hidden under large curtains, one entire wall of the building appears to be entirely covered with plant life, which the site suggests is used to insulate the store to save energy. Toyko, where the store is located, can get quite hot and humid during the summer months.

The store's construction walls also show off a leafy design, hinting at its unusually "green" exterior. In recent years, Apple has committed itself to lowering its carbon footprint, utilizing 94 percent renewable energy for both its data centers and corporate facilities. Apple was featured as a "Green Energy Innovator" by Greenpeace back in April, and the company has also hired former EPA chief Lisa Jackson to head up its environmental initiatives.

Image courtesy of Twitter user @OMS_Kayman

While the Omotesando store design appears to be Apple's first of that nature, it is possible the company will adopt a similar strategy for future stores should it prove successful.

The new Omotesando store with its unique green wall may be opening as soon as June.

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26 weeks ago
If you think about, Apple is a fruit, so going green... it just works!
Rating: 8 Votes
26 weeks ago

Where is New York?

Don't you mean New Yrok?
Rating: 4 Votes
26 weeks ago
It's unlike them to make a storefront out of anything but monocolor rock/metal and glass. I'd love to see more green Apple stores like this!
Rating: 2 Votes
26 weeks ago be continued.

I'm sure we'll hear about this during the introduction of WWDC.
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26 weeks ago
Where is "Toyko" ?
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25 weeks ago

Where is New York?

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26 weeks ago

Nice, I live right down the street. Will have to go check this out

Lucky you. Japan is the one place in the whole world I really care to visit. I wish I was younger tho.


It's just ivy. And from own experience: they better hire a gecko or Spiderman as an employee.

I would say hire a Gecko as those walls may already be infested with spiders... :D


Some green never hurts, especially in japans cities. Look at how dense everyone is living, doesn't surprise me that they've created a garden wall, great on every concrete highrise...

"A Garden Wall for a Walled Garden"
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