In what looks to be the beginning of a beautiful relationship between two design industry giants, the first Apple store designed by British architecture firm Foster + Partners has opened in Istanbul. Located in the city's Zorlu Center, the store is the first in a series of Apple stores that will be designed by the acclaimed architect. The next Foster-designed Apple store will be located in San Francisco.
Istanbul’s first Apple store features a frameless, rectangular glass cube that sits at street level and illuminates from the interior below ground. The 18-square-meter glass structure allows pedestrians to look down into the two-storey store located on the shopping center’s subterranean level. On the interior, the retail space itself is representative of the traditional Apple design scheme, emitting a clean, no-fuss, open concept.
Although the Istanbul store is the first retail store of many scheduled to be completed by Foster + Partners, the prolific architect is also slated to break ground on the tech giant’s new Cupertino Campus in California this year.
Lead photo by Robert S Donovan