Apple Store: Istanbul

Foster + Partners‘ new Istanbul Apple Store is now complete, and very sleek.

The clear glass structure is an extension of the company’s minimalist design and reminiscent of BCJ’s all-glass Apple Store in New York, though this is Foster + Partners’ first store design with Apple. The similarities are both aesthetically and programmatically as the store is actually on the subterranean level in both designs.

The continued unique features of Istanbul’s location are the various access ways (escalators and stairways connect the store to a plaza/shopping mall), the infinity fountain defining the outer edges of the structure, and it being, as Gary Allen describes, “a first-ever rectangular ‘penthouse’ composed of four single panes of glass and a roof,” with the Apple logo visible from the high-rises above (man, isn’t that in-your-face, huh?).

More description below and photos in the gallery above.

Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store’s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.

One staircase leads downward from the lower public space to the back-of-house spaces. The plaza level penthouse is surrounded by a water fountain constructed of black stone. The water is pumped over the edge of the fountain in an “infinity” effect. 

h/t iDB & designboom