Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 002, exterior)

With grand opening of Apple’s first retail store in Turkey confirmed for this coming Saturday, Apple dispatched Steve Cano, its Vice President of Retail Operations, to Istanbul to show off the structure’s incredible architecture and design to the press.

Although CEO Tim Cook and Turkish President Abdullah Gül were not in attendance, the significance of this particular store, Apple’s 424th, can’t be overstated. If you’ve been following Apple’s retail efforts, you’re familiar with the look and feel of the company’s flagship retail locations, often likened to the shrines attracting devotees who worship Apple’s sexy products there.

But starting with the recently redesigned Stanford 2 store in North California, Apple has seemingly adopted a fresh new design language for its brick-and-mortar locations, now focused on the 100 percent seamless glass appearance with lots of open space so visitors feel like they’re part of the surrounding landscape.

The new Turkish store is a continuation of this trend and you really need to see the photographs to truly appreciate what Apple has accomplished here…

Located in the heart of Istanbul’s multi-use, upscale Zorlu Center Shopping Center, the 20,000 square-foot store features a striking all-glass exterior, as evidenced by the photo top of post taken by Instagram user orbaygumus.

Special glass materials were used to take full advantage of sunlight. Fun fact: more glass was used in the new Istanbul store than any previous Apple store.

And here’s the official store photo Zorlu Center emailed to Turkey residents.

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 001)

Reminds me of a way oversized Mac mini.

That huge Apple logo is visible from the heights of the surrounding apartment buildings. For those wondering, the roof is all monolithic glass and is surrounded by basin, making the glass walls unreachable by passers-by.

Apple’s Cano said some of its 100 employees have been under training for the last year.

IfoAppleStore’s Gary Allen described the store as “a first-ever rectangular ‘penthouse’ composed of four single panes of glass and a roof.”

Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store’s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.

One staircase leads downward from the lower public space to the back-of-house spaces. The plaza level penthouse is surrounded by a water fountain constructed of black stone. The water is pumped over the edge of the fountain in an “infinity” effect. 

The interior is just as impressive as the exterior, as seen on the photos below shared by websites AppleToolboxDonanimHaber and iPhoneTurka.

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 002, interior)

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 005, interior)

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 001, interior)

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 004, interior)

The store is divided into several areas designed around specific activities, like a Family Room floor. It’s also got dual Genius Bars.

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 006, interior)Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, image 007, interior)

According to Cano, Apple will make further inroads in Turkey.

The company is rumored to open four more stores in the country by the end of 2015, including one located on the Asian side of Istanbul in the Akasya shopping mall and another one said to open again in Istanbul in the coming months.

Apple’s Retail webpage confirms the store is due to open this Saturday, April 5, at 10:00am. As is its won’t, the firm will give away 4,500 T-shirts at the grand opening.

Here’s Apple’s Cano at the store’s press unveiling two days ago.

Apple Stores (Istanbul, Turkey, Steve Cano)

In addition to Turkey’s first retail Apple store, the iPhone maker also operates the Online Apple Store in the country, with the App Store and iTunes being available in Turkey for some time as well.

Due to local regulations and the Turkish currency devaluating against U.S. dollar recently, the 74 million people country is home to some of the priciest Apple gear in the world. For example, the contract-free iPhone 5s costs a whopping $960 in Turkey, or about $300 more than in the United States.

Anyhow, do you like the Zorlu Center store?

  • asdfasdf

    But without Twitter and Youtube!

    • Faruk.

      not anymore

  • Looks like a Mac mini

  • İlkim Sezen

    iPhones cost $960 but they come with two year warranty in Turkey by law. By the way this is tax included price. It costs $260 more.

    • That extended warranty is actually mandated by EU consumer protection laws and is available in other EU countries.

      • That I didn’t know. 🙂 Thank you. Turkey is still not the most expensive in Europe though. iPhones in Italy cost around $1005.

      • Carlos Gomes

        In Portugal the cheapest 5S costs US$965. Portuguese average monthly salary is around US$1100 and Italy’s is around US$1600.
        Yeah, it sucks.

  • Jonathan

    Apple stores are by far the best designed stores out there.
    Modern written all over it.

  • Erhan Efe

    Even better than one in the New York!

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  • Technocrz!

    Apple isnt perfectionist about their products, their stores are also master piece.

  • That is so unreal.

    • Zawwu Zy

      Like You.

  • ExRoot

    Beautiful! That being said I know this will come across as an extremely negative statement but the reality is Turkey is 99% Muslim. That’s the actual number. Apple is a very American company and that’s a lot of glass! Hope no one tries to make a point.

    • édith Dupont

      What’s that ex root , I know some Muslim people and they are far from terrorists, just cool and normal people like us .. What’s your point anyway ?!

      • ExRoot

        I would think that most Muslim people are fine. I’m not talking about most. I talking about the handful in a 99% Muslim state. Don’t let PC thinking dismiss reality.

        This not an attack on Muslims but the reality is it is much harder to identify and pluck out the bad ‘Apples’ in an orchard. The beautiful symbol of America seems like a great place to make a statement. Don’t think for a minute I’m the only one concerned.

      • peteywheats

        Because Christians never break windows.

      • ExRoot

        You think I’m talking about windows?

      • Guest

        What a Christianophobic statement. Bigot

      • Ismail Zeren

        Christians never break windows and muslims break huh?

      • H M

        Stop Your DEMAGOGUE & PROPAGANDA as If The WEST Stands by WHAT IS RIGHT !
        What Happened and What’s Happening in Syria & Ukraine NOW Are DEFINITELY BROUGHT ABOUT by THAT VILLAIN, NOT RUSSIA !!!!!!!!!!!!

        Do You Remember ASSASSINATION of Former Israeli ” Nobel Peace Prized ” Prime Minister ” Yitzhak Rabin ” ?

        Direct Murderer Was NOTHING BUT 25 Years Old Then Far- Right Winger Israeli ” Yigal Amir “. But WHO BELIEVES He is The True Murderer ???????

        OF COURSE He Was Just A Hit Man. And There Was VILLAIN WHO WROTE THE SCENARIO who Wanted to DO AWAY WITH Mr. RABIN.

        WHY They Wanted to Murder Mr. RABIN ?

        Because VILLAIN HATES ” PEACE ” !!!!!!
        They OBJECTED Mr. RABIN’s Peace Policy with Palestinean !
        They WANT THIS PLANET ” DEVIDED ” and ” FRAGMENTED ” and FULL OF CONFLICT !!!!!!!!!!!!
        JUST AS THEY DO NOW in Syria and Ukraine !

        VILLAIN LIVE IN EUROPE !!!!!!!!!!

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        Let’s not change this tech-blog comments into political, or ethnitical racism…

        Noone can or should say Europe is the heart of evil, as noone can say Muslims are terrorists…

        Let’s just move on to the beauty of the architecture we see here.

        I’m pretty happy Apple has taken enough care for Turkish customers, as they’d been doing all over the world, even if it’s a little bit late…

      • Can Yücer

        Turkey is not Iran or Afghanistan.West side of Turkey is like Europe.Not sure about East side.

      • Emre SUMENGEN

        I can definitely tell, Turkey is NOT %99 Muslim. It may be written so in ID cards, but religion is not something you can tag people with, either in ID cards, or in percentages, like you did.

        So, instead of relating the vandalism with ANY religion, you might have said “Turkey is going through hard times, since Gezi Park events last summer. Someone may try graffiti on those glass” and even that meaningless statement would mean more…

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Nobody makes retail stores like Apple doe…

  • Matt

    Like Jeff sometimes – I got my meh shirt on.
    I mean it’s a glass box and I know apple is all about the simplicity.
    But there is modern and beatiful and then there is plain lazy.
    I love the one in Chicago and London. Those are beautiful.

  • Jim

    Can you buy iTunes gift cards for the turkish iTunes in this shop?

    • as

      yeah we can