The Iconic Architecture of Apple Retail Stores

Yesterday, the Apple Store Dubai officially opened to the public, becoming the tech giant’s 494th retail store to debut since the opening of their very first brick-and-mortar store in 2001 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Since that first occasion, their stores have become synonymous with ground-breaking, transparent design, with Apple even receiving patents for their iconic flagship store and glass staircase designs

With their newest stores, Apple has tried to build what they call a “modern-day town square,” where visitors come not just to shop, but to be inspired, learn and connect with others in an inviting community space.

To mark the Dubai store’s opening, we’ve rounded up 11 of the most iconic Apple stores from around the globe.

Dubai, UAE / Foster + Partners 


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The newest Apple store features a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, equipped with eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that react to changing climate conditions.

Ginza, Tokyo / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


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Zorlu Center, Istanbul / Foster + Partners


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In Istanbul, Foster + Partners designed a glass-structured lantern that projects out of the underground retail level, into a reflecting pool.

Westlake, Hangzhou / Foster + Partners


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Amsterdam, Netherlands / AGS Architects


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The Amsterdam store is one of the largest Apple retail stores in terms of products available.

Union Square, San Francisco / Foster + Partners


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Following in their community-oriented mindset, this store went through a major redesign to preserve a nearby fountain designed by sculptor Ruth Asawa.

Brussels, Belgium / Jony Ive


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The Brussels location was the first store designed by Apple‘s Chief Design Officer, Jony Ive.

Grand Central Station, New York / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


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Pudong, Shanghai / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


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Apple Regent Street / Foster + Partners


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5th Avenue, New York / Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


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The glass cube at Apple’s New York Flagship store received its own patent in 2014.

See all of the Apple store designs here or at Apple’s retail website, here.

News via Apple, Foster + Partners.

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