Apple’s latest retail store has a design that we’ve seen from technology giants like no other.
Set to open its doors to customers on Thursday, September 10 at Marina Bay in Singapore, the extraordinary dome-shaped site is seen floating in the water, while the dramatic setting is provided by the dazzling skies of the city-state.
On Monday, the company posted the first pictures of the store’s interior. You can see them in the gallery below.
Apple describes its new, round store as “its first-of-its-kind, all-glass dome structure consisting of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mulled glass for a fully self-supporting, structural connection.”
The unique design allows natural light to flow and even has small trees inside it.
Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president at Real & People’s, said: “We can no longer be encouraged to open the great Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore by our commitment to this special place, which began more than 40 years ago.”
When it opens this weekend, Apple will operate three stores in Singapore. The first opened at Orchard Road in 2017, the second at Jewel Changi Airport in 2019.
Apple’s latest store opening came at a difficult time for the retail industry as lockdowns and other measures involved in the carnivirus epidemic persuaded a growing number of people to shop online.
In March 2020, due to the virus, iPhone makers decided to temporarily shut down all its stores outside China. Since then, it has been opening and closing its retail sites in accordance with local conditions related to the severity of the epidemic.
As part of staff and customer protection efforts, anyone entering the Apple Store will now be asked to wear a mask and submit to a touchless temperature test. To ensure that social distances can occur comfortably, there are also restrictions on how many people are allowed in the store together, while all table tops and other areas are also regularly sanitized.