Apple is said to have tapped Foster + Partners for a fresh take on its Apple Stores, according to a new report on Wednesday from Marketing. Sources close to the project reportedly said the two companies are collaborating on future Apple Store designs.
Foster + Partners is behind the design of Apple's new Campus 2 design for its upcoming corporate headquarters.
The two companies have worked together before, with Apple tapping Foster + Partners for the design of its "spaceship" campus, which Apple is expected to move into in 2016. That project, initially priced at $3 billion, has reportedly ballooned to $5 billion, though cost-cutting efforts are thought to be underway.
Foster + Partners' previous work includes the McLaren Technology Centre and New York's Hearst Tower.
Apple in the past has worked with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Foster + Partners' rival, on its Apple Store designs. BCJ is the firm behind Apple's iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York, and the Regent Street location in London.
Apple secured a trademark on the distinctive design of its retail outlets earlier this year. Apple's stores have gone from novelty retail outlets to something approaching a community center, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The retail locations saw 120 million visitors in the fourth quarter of last year, with some locations so heavily-trafficked that Apple is closing them to move them into larger spots.