Apple is renowned for its impressive stores around the world. Whether they are purpose built or retro-fitted into old buildings, and whether you like Apple or not, you have to admit it’s like no other retail chain in the world.
To celebrate, we’ve picked the most impressive stores from around the world. Let us know if you’ve got a favourite Apple Store in the comments below.
Apple Piazza Liberty, Milan
This one is brand new this week – just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Milan, this store has a glass fountain that serves as both the entrance to the store as well as a backdrop to the large outdoor amphitheatre. The piazza is open to the public 24 hours a day and there will be events year-round.
Apple Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Opened in October 2017 the store, found on Pioneer Court, overlooks the Chicago River. Encased in glass, rather than trying to fight against the landscape, the store embraces the terrace design with two staircases either side of the main shopping area and Forum space on the lower floor.
Apple Dubai Mail, Dubai
Opened in April 2017 a stones throw from the famous Burj Khalifa, the Foster + Partners designed building features a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking the world’s tallest skyscraper and nearby Dubai Fountain. In fact Apple encourages its shoppers to use the venue to watch the spectacular evening fountain shows alongside buying a Mac or iPhone. To cope with the intense heat, the store is shaded by carbon fibre “solar wings” inspired by the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya to keep the store cool and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.
Apple Union Square, San Francisco