New Beijing Apple Store Design a Blend of East & West
Apple has given its patented "giant glass box" retail store concept a localized makeover for its second Beijing store.
The work of American architect Benjamin Wood, the new store features a 100-foot wide, three-level building with a traditional, dark wooden frame and Chinese-style tile roof. The center of the building consists of a Fifth-Avenue-style giant glass box, but more rectangular-shaped in order to accommodate the three floors. Judging by the artist renderings, this store is shaping up to be a real gem.
The store will open on Beijing's Qianmen street, which is close to Tiananmen Square. Construction is supposedly well underway, with a grand opening planned for this fall. This Apple outlet is coming just a year after the first Beijing Apple Store opened prior to the 2008 Olympics. Something tells me the demand for Apple products in China isn't going away any time soon.