This giant orb is the world’s first floating Apple Store

This giant orb is the world’s first floating Apple Store

When night falls, the orb glows in a rainbow of colours

Apple's new retail store in Singapore has a very different design to every other Apple store in the world.

It's in an orb that floats on water in front of the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

As the store is not yet open to the public, we can't say what it looks like inside. The structure was formerly a floating nightclub, but now we'd expect it to be kitted out with a Genius Bar and retail area.

Design features we can't wait to see include "an elevated boardwalk and underwater passage connect the pavilion to the shore and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands."

Apple has a webpage devoted to the new store, where it's described as "a space for you to explore, connect and create something new."

Apple stores traditionally knock it out of the park, design-wise and our own The Dubai Mall retail space was designed with community connection in mind.

Spanning over two floors, the design of Apple Dubai Mall is a celebration of the sun, with the kinetic ‘Solar Wings’ installation used to shade the outdoor terrace during the day and opening during the evening.

The wings reinterpret the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, with a movement path that is inspired by a falcon spreading its wings, and motorised to open and close within a one-minute time frame.

Speaking to CID in 2017, head of Foster + Partners, the studio behind the project, Stefan Behling, said: “The design of Apple Dubai Mall is about creating an exceptional architectural and social experience for visitors, bringing to the fore new ideas about the evolving role of Apple Flagships in the community."

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