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Apple Store - Pudong, Shanghai, China

Friday 29 Oct 2010

Shanghai takes a byte...

© Roy Zipstein 
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13/11/10 Kenneth, Kuala Lumpur
Very grand outlook, but is it practical?
1) I believe some people would play with the water before entering the store. Water glossy glass = slippery surface. Something to avoid, especially for a staircase.
2) It would be very inconvenient for ladies who wear shorter skirt, especially with visibility all-round at that kind of stairs and ceiling height.
Does the design consider the safety and privacy of its users at all?
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Award Entry

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson's glass pavilion marks striking entrance to subterranean retail store 

Located near the busy Pudong district in Shanghai, the Apple Store sits in a circular urban plaza below street level. A large glass cylindrical pavilion, 41 ft tall and 32 ft wide, marks the entrance. The plaza's monumental stone staircase is on axis with the Pearl Tower in the distance and the Apple Store entrance.

Visitors are drawn to the centre of the circular plaza to the glass pavilion. A shallow reflecting pool surrounds the pavilion, blurring the boundary of the solidity of stone and the transparency of glass. After entering the pavilion visitors descend to the store via a spiral glass staircase. Below the plaza, the store opens up to an expansive space with minimal and refined displays to showcase the Apple products.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

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