On the surface, Apple’s new store in Hangzhou, China doesn’t look a lot different from other Apple Stores around the world – there’s plenty of glass to be found and wooden tables that house plenty of Apple products. However at a closer glance, the latest Apple Store designed by Foster + Partners is quite an architectural feat.

As Wired’s design column points out, the new store in Hangzhou has ceilings that are roughly 50 feet high, with no columns to be found. The glass panels reach from floor to ceiling without interruption, meaning Foster + Partners had to push well beyond their previous feats with the 32 foot tall Fifth Avenue Store in New York City.





Furthermore, the second floor of the new store floats over the first floor with no suspension or support. It covers the spacious first floor quite well. It’s not clear how the design firm, who late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs tapped in 2009, accomplished it.

Source: Wired

  • Matt

    The design of this store is purely amazing. It’s things like this that make me love apple, even when I feel as if I shouldn’t.

  • SoylentGreen

    I wonder how many slaves died making it?
    Edit: much original

    • A man

      0 people

      • SoylentGreen

        maybe I should’ve said exploited and pressured to suicide. My bad

      • Moltakfire

        Stress at work is present in thousands of companies around the world. Take your anti-apple garbage elsewhere, while the rest of us appreciate architectural beauty.

  • R4

    Foster + Partners***

  • Mark Kramer

    It seems like the center structure which goes from the ground to the second floor is holding up the “floating” second floor.

    • You didn’t actually think it was going to be floating did you? It’s just called a “floating” floor. Unless Apple has some sorcerer on the payroll we don’t know about.

      • Mark Kramer

        Well the way Jake wrote the article it seems as if this should be added to the list of world wonders.

      • Xee

        Also known as a cantilever.

  • Temir Qazaq

    Could you please write in meters?

    • Alborz

      yes please. at least in parentheses or something:
      it’s 32 feet (10 meters)

  • Temir Qazaq

    How many meters is that?

  • jackdonner

    “It’s not clear how the design firm … accomplished it.”
    😀 😀 😀

    that’s cuz you’re a layman. don’t write like you’re an expert architect who is mystified by the magic of this design, despite their vast knowledge in the field.

  • Frank Anthony

    Inspired by iOS 7 translucent design. Everything gone flat. Epic!

  • Jacob

    Does this shop have a lift for disabled people?