The majority of Apple Stores are standard outlets in shopping malls. But in selected cities, Apple creates special flagships, like this one in San Francisco. The Union Square store has been open for nearly two years, but this is first time I got to see it in person. As I recall, this maybe the first store that implemented the new design language with warmer tones and the blending of the indoors and out.
What’s striking about the store is how open it is to the outside — to nature. Obviously, Apple could only get away with a design like this in areas of moderate climate. On this warm day in San Francisco, the giant, two-story doors were wide open.
Apple installed these giant, much needed trees, in a highly urban neighborhood. This design is echoed on a grander scale in the rear. You can really tell the blending of the inside and outside from this angle.
There’s an impressive, cantilevered second floor that affords commanding view of Union Square.
There’s a community park in the rear with more of the giant trees anchored with white containers.
The grove at the back of the store again ties the inside and outside together. The large doors in this area, however, were not open. You can also see the relationship of the store to the community park from this angle.
As you can tell from my California coverage so far, I made a lot of these wide-angle Cinematics. I think these work nicely at this Apple Store, showing the grand scale of the openings.
Careful readers might have also noticed that I shot yesterday’s on the street photo in front of the Apple Store.
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