Apple Unveils Facade at New Macau Store
A new Apple flagship store has been unveiled in Macau, with architects from Foster + Partners boasting a facade that the team calls a “first of its kind.”
The team—which worked closely with Apple’s chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive—was tasked with designing the store, nicknamed “Apple Cotai Central,” as an embodiment of tranquility, an oasis in the middle of a bustling gaming capital of the world.
The result is soft, warm light, bamboo and a lot of translucent material.
“We wanted to create something very simple and pure—a beautiful and elegant building that complements the sounds, sights and colors of Macau, while embodying a sense of clarity and quietude,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.
“The design creates two distinct spaces, one inside and one outside, imbued with a sense of authentic beauty arising from the innovative use of natural materials.”
The cube-shaped store is set within a bamboo grove, with the greenery appearing inside as well at the heart of a central atrium, capped with skylights.
Designers based the look of the building off a “paper lantern” style and fabricated a new glass-stone composite facade, made of five layers of glass integrated within layers of stone, giving the impression of stained glass.
The structural frame is supported by three corner columns wrapped in mirrored stainless steel that work to reflect the colors of the unique facade.