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Apple Singapore’s floating store opens Thursday

Apple Singapore’s new store from above.

Apple’s most ambitious store project yet will open its doors to the public this Thursday, a round structure that appears to float on Singapore’s harbour.

The spherical shaped store features an all-glass dome structure above the waterline, with 114 panes of glass, affording 360-degree panoramic views of the city.

The towering interior flooded with light from the oculus.
The towering interior flooded with light from the oculus.

Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, an oculus is built at the apex of the dome, letting a ray of light flood the interior. Custom baffles, which are uniquely shaped, helps counter sun angles and create a nighttime lighting effect, according to Apple.

The new store at dusk.
The new store at dusk.

Indoor trees are placed in a circular line, “providing additional shading and soft shadows through the foliage”.

Apple staff prepare for the opening this week.

“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, senior VP of Retail + People at Apple.

“Our passionate and talented team is ready to welcome this community to our new store and deliver the care and support that our customers around the world love.”

The Forum meeting space.

Apple Marina Bay Sands houses The Forum meeting pace and a giant video wall, where Today at Apple sessions featuring Singapore’s artists and creators will be held. Apple’s first underground ‘Boardroom’ located on the lower level beneath the waterline is where entrepreneurs and developers can receive training and advice from the Apple team.

Beneath the waterline.

On the opening date, store capacity will be limited and access will be by appointment only. Temperature checks will be taken, masks required and social distancing enforced.

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