Apple builds floating store in Singapore
- Apple’s Marina Bay Sands store is entirely surrounded by water, and you can enjoy 360-degree view of Singapore.
- It is the first-ever floating store in the world.
Apple on Thursday opened its unique and first-ever floating store in Singapore which is inspired by a floating lantern. This is Apple’s Third retail store in Singapore.
Apple’s Marina Bay Sands store is located in Marina Bay in Singapore and it is surrounded by luxurious hotels, restaurants, and casinos. This floating store is entirely surrounded by water and you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the city and its spectacular skyline.
Its shape is Sphere and in its interior wall, there are baffles that create shade and what Apple is calling a “nighttime lighting effect. It is constructed from 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection.
And at top of the Sphere, there is an oculus which provides a flooding ray of light that travels through space, Apple says oculus is inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. With trees lining the interior of the dome, the green garden city of Singapore flows into the store, providing additional shading and soft shadows through the foliage.
Underneath the dome and the surface of the bay is a lower level. Apple says this space includes the company’s “first underwater Boardroom,” where “entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with Apple team members.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People, Deirdre O’Brien, in a press statement. “Our passionate and talented team is ready to welcome this community to our new store and deliver the care and support that our customers around the world love.”
Apple says that early 150 employees speaking over 23 languages are ready to welcome visitors to Apple Marina Bay Sands.
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