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Apple's latest plans for its new Union Square retail store in San Francisco involve a redesigned plaza lined with trees and a waterfall.

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Apple's plans to demolish the former Levi's store on a prominent corner of Union Square and build a new glass-fronted minimalist box in its place were delayed by Planning Commission requests to shift the glass facade a few feet inward from the street and to break up the oppressive 20 foot high wall of steel Apple had intended to erect along Stockton.

The company submitted new plans accommodating the requests (above).

Since then, new renderings published by SocketSite depict changes to the rear plaza, including moving an existing fountain closer to the street and enhancing the currently barren concrete platform with trees, benches and a water feature.




The renderings depict what the space would look like during the day and at night, although the amount of sun portrayed reaching the plaza appears optimistic.
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I like the area between the buildings being made to look so inviting with people sitting outside at the tables.  The homeless and aggressive panhandlers that infest that area right now I'm sure will love calling that area home.

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Way cool
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Yes, they really needed an outdoor shower for all the bums in the area.

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post #6 of 20

Trees and a waterfall? It's skeuomorphism gone mad!

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Oops, wrong Union Square... 1hmm.gif

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Originally Posted by Zoolook View Post

Oops, wrong Union Square... 1hmm.gif

Maybe only until that Barnes and Noble on the north side goes toes up eh….. Apples would fit right in with the greenmarket.

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What happened to the oppressively ugly fountain the city was trying to "protect?" I don't see it in the new renderings.
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Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

What happened to the oppressively ugly fountain the city was trying to "protect?" I don't see it in the new renderings.

It was in the Side/ rear view from Stockton Street one

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Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

What happened to the oppressively ugly fountain the city was trying to "protect?" I don't see it in the new renderings.

Glad you asked that ... I skimmed this quickly not being interested in San Francisco and all its Apple Stores 1oyvey.gif ... and assumed it was that fountain they were talking about and I had to go back and read it properly to see there really is a waterfall and a different store ... so is this waterfall a diversion from the Stockton Street debacle ...?

Actually now I know we are getting our own Apple Store here next year I don't need to be snarky out of jealousy anymore. 1smoking.gif
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Glad you asked that ... I skimmed this quickly not being interested in San Francisco and all its Apple Stores 1oyvey.gif ... and assumed it was that fountain they were talking about and I had to go back and read it properly to see there really is a waterfall and a different store ... so is this waterfall a diversion from the Stockton Street debacle ...?

Actually now I know we are getting our own Apple Store here next year I don't need to be snarky out of jealousy anymore. 1smoking.gif

This is the same store. Stockton street borders Union Square. The fountain the city was trying to protect is in the rendering and moved a little closer to the street. They're adding their own water feature to the plaza. SF actually only has  3 apple stores though I would imagine that there's many more spread throughout the valley. For comparison Houston has 4 stores inside the city limit and 3 just outside

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I like the area between the buildings being made to look so inviting with people sitting outside at the tables.  The homeless and aggressive panhandlers that infest that area right now I'm sure will love calling that area home.

Currently sitting in a hotel room looking down on Union Square. I was surprised by the number of homeless people here - is it just this locale, or more widespread in SF?
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Currently sitting in a hotel room looking down on Union Square. I was surprised by the number of homeless people here - is it just this locale, or more widespread in SF?

And you should see the drug dealers near the BART.

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The Apple logo should be facing Union Square as it is in the original. They need to keep it like that

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post #16 of 20
They did something like this between the Lincoln Park store in Chicago and the North and Clybourne CTA Rapid Transit station.
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Nice rendering scenes.  It'll become a landmark in SF after it's finished.

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I actually posted this as a tip to AI, but just found this article so they already were way ahead of me. Stupid, I know. Well, more renderings here:

http://www.ifoapplestore.com/san-francisco-2-store-renderings/
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I actually posted this as a tip to AI, but just found this article so they already were way ahead of me. Stupid, I know. Well, more renderings here:

http://www.ifoapplestore.com/san-francisco-2-store-renderings/

If you think AI will ever credit you or the source they recklessly steal imagery from, don't hold your breath.

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If you think AI will ever credit you or the source they recklessly steal imagery from, don't hold your breath.

I'm not. I wasn't. I just posted my stupidity for tipping them on something they already had an article on.

I don't think DED stole the images; he credits SocketSite, yet they themselves didn't publish their source.
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