apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore

a few weeks after the first images of apple’s floating marina bay sands store in singapore emerged, the tech giant has now officially previewed what it calls its ‘most ambitious retail project’ to date. the project, which is the first apple store to sit directly on the water, appears as a floating object that offers uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of the city and its famous skyline. designed in close collaboration with foster + partners, the sphere is an all-glass dome structure that is fully self-supported, comprised of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection.

apple floating marina bay
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internally, an oculus — inspired by the pantheon in rome — is located at the apex of the dome, providing a flooding ray of light that travels through the space. the interior of the glass is lined with custom baffles, each uniquely shaped to counter sun angles and provide a nighttime lighting effect. apple and foster + partners lined the interior with trees, allowing the green garden city of singapore to permeate the space, while providing additional shading and soft shadows through the foliage.

apple floating marina bay
image © finbarr fallon

 

 

once inside, visitors can explore curated products and accessories, receive personal technical support, or simply take in views of marina bay. the forum is centered around a video wall, which serves as the stage for ‘today at apple’ sessions featuring singapore’s artists, musicians, and creators. entrepreneurs and developers interested in receiving training and advice can meet with apple team members in the company’s first underwater boardroom, located on the lower level of the store.

apple floating marina bay
image © finbarr fallon

 

 

‘apple marina bay sands is all about the delicate interplay between transparency and shade,’ explains david summerfield, foster + partners. ‘the structure dissolves the boundary between the inside and outside, creating a minimal platform that floats gently in the water, looking out over the bay and the spectacular singapore skyline.’ stefan behling, also of foster + partners, adds: ‘the dome appears ephemeral. the effect is very calming, and the changing intensity and color of the light is mesmerizing. it is not only a celebration of apple’s incredible products, but a celebration of light.’

apple floating marina bay
image © finbarr fallon

 

 

the location opened on september 10, 2020. ‘we couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking apple marina bay sands in singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,’ said deirdre o’brien, apple’s senior vice president of retail + people. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

 

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apple floating marina bay
image © finbarr fallon

apple floating marina bay
image © finbarr fallon

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © apple

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © apple

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © apple

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © apple

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © finbarr fallon

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © finbarr fallon

apple and foster + partners unveil floating marina bay sands store in singapore
image © finbarr fallon

 

 

project info:

 

name: apple marina bay sands
location: marina bay sands, singapore 
status: opens september 10, 2020
design: apple in collaboration with foster + partners

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