'Truly international' Piazza del Liberty Apple Store in Milan, Italy opening soon

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On Monday, Apple declared that the Piazza del Liberty Apple Retail store in Milan, Italy that was made public with planning documents in January will be opening soon.




The store, occupying the location previously held by the Apollo Spazio Cinema, was called "ambitious and truly international" by planning officials when Apple proposed the venue in January. In addition to a complete renovation of the Apollo cinema interior, Apple has lowered the central area of Piazza del Liberty to make way for an outdoor amphitheater with broad terraced stairs.

Acting as the store's grand entryway is a tall glass waterfall and water bowls that anchor one end of the amphitheater. Stairs and an elevator lead down into the showroom floor below.

The space will serve as both an entrance into the store and a public space for hosting cultural events.




As part of the agreement to use Piazza del Liberty, Apple must pay the city a one-time fee of 768,732 euros to offset costs the administration previously incurred. In addition, Apple will pay an annual usage fee of 127,435 euros.

The store is designed by Foster + Partners, the same firm late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs tapped to work on the company's Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,714member
    Bloody hell … :-/

    Are they building stores or art galleries. 

    Or both. 
  • Reply 2 of 9
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,348member
    Rayz2016 said:
    Bloody hell … :-/

    Are they building stores or art galleries. 

    Or both. 
    It's just missing Steve's street sign showing the intersection of the Liberal Arts and the Sciences to answer your question. ;)
    Rayz2016randominternetpersoncali
  • Reply 3 of 9
    This is one avenue in which all other tech companies are either falling behind on or don't understand what Apple is doing; which is to say that Apple appears to be really establishing themselves as a culture. This, in my opinion, would definitely help prevent it from becoming the next has been and keep it around for the long haul.
    calithinkman@chartermi.netminicoffeebadmonk
  • Reply 4 of 9
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,511member
    This is one avenue in which all other tech companies are either falling behind on or don't understand what Apple is doing; which is to say that Apple appears to be really establishing themselves as a culture. This, in my opinion, would definitely help prevent it from becoming the next has been and keep it around for the long haul.
    A good point. As for the previous comments, art galleries or retail stores or both, what they're really doing is building nodes in the noösphere, the only places where new knowledge technology is showcased for hands-on tryout.

    The unique Apple contribution is in making both the technology and the "temple" of its display attractive, magnetic, even irresistible. You can trace this attractiveness imperative back to Steve Jobs and his idyllic upbringing by his craftsman father in their Eichler home in the Silicon Valley of the new clean technology of information processing, and to the chemical enlightnment that was the environment of the counterculure in that part of California at the time.
    minicoffeebadmonk
  • Reply 5 of 9
    holyoneholyone Posts: 390member
    This one looks to be epic, question why has Apple not bought Foster + Partners ?
    calibadmonk
  • Reply 6 of 9
    holyone said:
    This one looks to be epic, question why has Apple not bought Foster + Partners ?

    I imagine there are 2 main options: 1. Apple buys them and makes them exclusive to Apple projects or 2. Apple buys them as a financial investment.  In case 1, they would likely lose top talent and hurt the firm.  In case 2, why would we expect that to be a better investment than any other?  Besides, why should Apple limit themselves to one firm, when every top firm in the world clamors for their business?

    minicoffeebadmonk
  • Reply 7 of 9
    akamine_jrakamine_jr Posts: 11unconfirmed, member
    Is it only me who thinks Apple should have cafés inside the stores? 
  • Reply 8 of 9
    holyoneholyone Posts: 390member
    holyone said:
    This one looks to be epic, question why has Apple not bought Foster + Partners ?

    I imagine there are 2 main options: 1. Apple buys them and makes them exclusive to Apple projects or 2. Apple buys them as a financial investment.  In case 1, they would likely lose top talent and hurt the firm.  In case 2, why would we expect that to be a better investment than any other?  Besides, why should Apple limit themselves to one firm, when every top firm in the world clamors for their business?

    I was thinking more option one, it kinda seems like a match made in heaven really almost a formality that they get completely integrated  as an Apple division at this stage they largely work with Apple I suspect almost exclusively at this point as Apple projects are large and immersive and take up all company resources already, I therefor doubt many people would leave if it happened, if someone there was unhappy about Apple I think they probably don't work there anymore, no ? 
  • Reply 9 of 9
    holyone said:
    This one looks to be epic, question why has Apple not bought Foster + Partners ?
    Apple obviously knows a good thing, and Fosters & Partners is one they've relied on for quite a while. There is no need for Apple to buy them. Apple is certainly a very valued customer for them, and it's likely mutually beneficial.
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