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Construction workers have removed the protective barriers fronting the upcoming Apple Store in Omotesando, Japan, revealing three all-glass walls, a hanging Apple logo and central spiral staircase leading to an underground level.


Source: Ringo-Sanco


The first photos of Apple's brick-and-mortar outlet come courtesy of Japanese blog Ringo-Sanco, which caught the unofficial unveiling early this morning as workers took down barriers protecting the store's facade.

The box-like structure shares the new architectural design language first seen in the "Stanford 2" Apple Store in California, with three glass walls holding up what looks to be a thin aluminum or aluminum clad roof. Compared to the Stanford location, Japan's latest Apple Store features much taller walls and a central spiral staircase.

As seen in the photo above, the top level is dedicated to product displays, including the usual iPhone, iPad and Mac stations found in Apple Stores around the world. It is thought that the Genius Bar, accessories showcase and other Apple Store staples are located on the lower level.

As noted in a previous report, the Omotesando Apple Store will feature an eco-friendly "green curtain" of leafy vines to keep heat inside the store to a minimum. The foliage covers the exterior of the back concrete wall that is exposed to direct sunlight during the day.

According to Apple's website, the Omotesando store is set to open on June 13 and will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.

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I’m certain they’re there for structural reasons but it’s a shame those glass ribs have to be there. From an angle they throw off the facade.

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I’m certain they’re there for structural reasons but it’s a shame those glass ribs have to be there. From an angle they throw off the facade.

Yes, it may have been a challenge to satisfy their earthquake building standards otherwise...

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I’m certain they’re there for structural reasons but it’s a shame those glass ribs have to be there. From an angle they throw off the facade.


Steve would have approved of this design.  However, being the kind of person that he is, he would immediately tell whatever structural/materials engineer to figure out how to remove those ribs.

I still think fondly about how he removed the glass panels in the New York store to replace them with fewer, longer panels.  Even paid for it with his own money.  :)  Only Steve would be that OCD about it, and get away with it.

That being said... ribs or not... the Japan store certainly looks stunning!

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As long as it's not a rust bucket barge in the bay I'm okay.
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Seeing a glowing Apple logo makes me want it on iPhone/iPad too...
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They're all beginning to look the same. Except for Grand Central NYC these glasses boxes are beginning to look kind of dated.
 
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I’m certain they’re there for structural reasons but it’s a shame those glass ribs have to be there. From an angle they throw off the facade.

Perhaps that will change once curved glass can be made reliably. I know they plant to have it for their new HQ. Perhaps lessons learned from that mild curve in the glass will lead to new facades with a curve that would then not need the other glass supports, or at least not as many.

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It'd be silly to have one pane. Not only insanely expensive, but look what happened in Sydney
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/apple-has-smashed-windows-20091022-haej.html
Much easier to replace a pane or two. And imagine if one huge pane shattered!

Incidentally, Sydney is much more like this store than Stanford 2, judging by the photos, and dates back to 2008. Same huge curtain wall - and you have to have the ribs, which are barely noticeable when you look at it.
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@pazuzu has been reported for blatant trolling.

Where's the blatant trolling flag button? 1wink.gif
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Where's the blatant trolling flag button? 1wink.gif

Saying glass boxes are looking redundant in architecture is hardly trolling.

I won't even go there in what  solipsism is blatant in.

 
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They're all beginning to look the same. Except for Grand Central NYC these glasses boxes are beginning to look kind of dated.

 

Dated, compared to what exactly? Go ahead and give us an example of what store design makes this look dated? Nevermind, just another troll post from you. 

 

Also, I'm still waiting for you to bring your forth evidence for your lie where you claim I "swore up and down that Beats is the creme de la creme of headphone technology". 

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They're all beginning to look the same. Except for Grand Central NYC these glasses boxes are beginning to look kind of dated.

Your comments are looking a bit dated.

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They're all beginning to look the same. Except for Grand Central NYC these glasses boxes are beginning to look kind of dated.

Grand Centra Terminal? The old stone ballustrade with an older fake night sky ceiling? Built in 1913?

Good one.
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Giant glass and aluminum edifice with an Apple logo. It's like, if you could live inside an Apple product...

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Giant glass and aluminum edifice with an Apple logo. It's like, if you could live inside an Apple product...

Well, a dated one because apparently glass and metal are so passé¡

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@pazuzu has been reported for blatant trolling.

I've been reporting his trolling for quite a while now. I'm trying to play by the rules, but unfortunately it seems that blatant trolling is perfectly ok. It's not even remotely creative or intelligent trolling either. A monkey could do it.

Speaking of curved glass without ribs.. I can't wait to see pics of the auditorium of the new Apple campus.The design is very similar to, and foreshadowed, the new designs we're seeing of glass walls and aluminum roof. For anyone who hasn't seen the mockup, it's basically going to be a circular glass wall 360 degrees with a flying saucer shaped aluminum roof. It should be very impressive.

   

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Speaking of curved glass without ribs.. I can't wait to see pics of the auditorium of the new Apple campus.The design is very similar to, and foreshadowed, the new designs we're seeing of glass walls and aluminum roof. For anyone who hasn't seen the mockup, it's basically going to be a circular glass wall 360 degrees with a flying saucer shaped aluminum roof. It should be very impressive.

 

Two things. First, Safari now automatically uses websites’ search bars on its own!

Except I didn’t want that in this case.

 

Second, picture! Click to embiggen. Since Huddler finds it a crime against humanity to just have full-size images inline.

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I wish there was a way to filter out any comment that has "steve would have..." in it.


Steve would have made sure there was a way. ;)

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Two things. First, Safari now automatically uses websites’ search bars on its own!

It does that a lot of sites you've visited and there is no way to move those results lower than your default search engine so you have to be more vigilant to make sure the first section is the one you want. I'm not a fan.

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…there is no way to move those results lower…

 

GAH, you know what? I hate that. BOOKMARKS SHOULD BE ABOVE SUGGESTIONS AND HISTORY. I DON’T CARE ABOUT A URL I VISITED ONCE. AUTOFILL MY BOOKMARK, BECAUSE I GO THERE ALL THE TIME. THAT’S WHY I BOOKMARKED IT.

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GAH, you know what? I hate that. BOOKMARKS SHOULD BE ABOVE SUGGESTIONS AND HISTORY. I DON’T CARE ABOUT A URL I VISITED ONCE. AUTOFILL MY BOOKMARK, BECAUSE I GO THERE ALL THE TIME. THAT’S WHY I BOOKMARKED IT.

I want bookmarks at the bottom because I use my Favorites Bar for that so I want my search engine suggestions first and foremost.

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Dated, compared to what exactly? Go ahead and give us an example of what store design makes this look dated? Nevermind, just another troll post from you. 

Also, I'm still waiting for you to bring your forth evidence for your lie where you claim I "swore up and down that Beats is the creme de la creme of headphone technology". 

They don't have anything positive to say about the company, its leadership, or products. Only nonstop criticism and negativity, based on a highly biased perspective. Oh, but you'd better not call them a "troll" or you'll be accused of "not liking criticism." /s

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Well, a dated one because apparently glass and metal are so passé¡

Poor iMac. So "dated." But never married 1smile.gif

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I wish there was a way to filter out any comment that has "steve would have..." in it.

That's beyond Huddler Lifestyle. lol.gif

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I would like to think Apple spent a lot of time considering the experience of walking up to the auditorium. The crunching of gravel beneath the feet, the cherry trees to either side of you, and the tree canopy overhead would not only be very pleasant, but would maximize the effect of entering such a technologically advanced building, inside of which you will soon learn about the practical application of advanced technology. Then, as you enter the clearing, and leave the safety of the canopy, a subtle, primitive force would elicit a slight burst of adrenaline, and compel you to the shelter of the structure, lest you get attacked by a sabertooth tiger.

 

Am I thinking too hard about this? /s

   

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They're all beginning to look the same. Except for Grand Central NYC these glasses boxes are beginning to look kind of dated.

 

These, like Pazazu's posts, are apparently the same...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I wish there was a way to filter out any comment that has "steve would have..." in it.
its funny you say that because whenever I see that comment I think people are replacing the word "I" with "Steve. 1biggrin.gif
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Am I thinking too hard about this? /s

 

The problem is that next to no one actually thinks about it.

 
 lest you get attacked by a sabertooth tiger.


Ah, they’re over that. When you step out of the auditorium, a Sierra Nevada mountain falls on you.

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My favorite Apple store aesthetically is the new one they just opened in Portland at Pioneer Place. I think it's beautiful. Though I'm preparing for it to be replaced by the new one in San Fran @ Union Square. I like the idea of a hanging garden/living wall also. It should contrast the industrial design well. I'm very interested to see how Angela and Foster & Partners marry their ideas going forward. 

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That looks amazing! Retail stores typically have a common theme. It's not really old and outdated at all. The design is a trademark of an Apple Retail Store...why would you want to change it?

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Everyone notice how Pazuzu never came back to explain himself, or respond to the numerous questions about his comments? Even when others presented evidence showing his claim was pretty absurd?  Drive-by trolling at it's finest. Just pop in, shit in the thread, then pop back out- rinse and repeat. His specialty. 

 

But hey, I guess nobody can "handle" his "criticism" about Apple. 

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They're all beginning to look the same. Except for Grand Central NYC these glasses boxes are beginning to look kind of dated.

Just because you say it, does not mean it is true.  Did you mean to say "timeless"?

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Just because you say it, does not mean it is true.  Did you mean to say "timeless"?

 

Apple's design aesthetic is sort of the minimalist extreme of the current glass and steel trend in building design, with a very high glass:steel ratio. I like it, but I don't think they're still going to look the same 20 or 30 years from now (or at least the new ones being built then won't look the same). 

 

The original iMacs hardly proved timeless. And Steve did do that!

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So what would make you happy? A store made entirely of sapphire crystal?
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Wish we had beautiful Apple stores instead of the crappy boxes built inside soulless shopping centres (Leeds, Sheffield, UK).
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HUMAN NATURE CAN NEVER BE SATISFIED!

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I wish there was a way to filter out any comment that has "steve would have..." in it.

I’m delighted to say that there is! Don’t read the comments.
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Two things. First, Safari now automatically uses websites’ search bars on its own!

It does that a lot of sites you've visited and there is no way to move those results lower than your default search engine so you have to be more vigilant to make sure the first section is the one you want. I'm not a fan.

Then you don‘t belong in a Surface Pro.
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