Monday, 31 August 2020

The first-ever floating Apple store is coming to Singapore

Apple’s upcoming futuristic store at Marina Bay Sands. Photo credit: Visuth.s /

For the design of its next outpost in the Lion City, Apple is pulling out all the stops.

Designed by long-time Apple collaborators Foster + Partners, the tech giant’s upcoming Marina Bay Sands store will be housed within an eye-catching, futuristic spherical structure that appears to float on the waters of Marina Bay. The store will be connected to the mall via an underwater passageway and will also be accessible via a footbridge.

Although Apple has yet to set an opening date or release further information, the retail outlet will be its third in Singapore, joining the existing Knightsbridge and Jewel Changi Airport locations. It occupies the space formerly held by mega nightclub Avalon from 2011 to 2016.

While we all wait with bated breath for Apple Marina Bay Sands store to open its doors, here are five other stunning Apple retail locations in the world for you to visit when the world opens up again.

Apple Pudong Shanghai
Apple’s flagship store in Shanghai’s Pudong District. Photo credit:

1. Shanghai, China

To get into this store in the bustling Pudong district, visitors make their way across a circular sunken plaza, cross a platform over a shallow pool, enter an eye-catching glass cylindrical structure and descend down a spiral staircase.

2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Also designed by Foster + Partners, Apple’s Dubai location features carbon-fibre screens that shade the outside terrace during the day but open at night, allowing customers to glimpse stunning views of the Burj Khalifa.

Apple Fifth Avenue Cube New York City
Apple’s Fifth Avenue “Cube” retail store in New York. Photo credit:

3. Manhattan, New York

Reopened late last year following a significant renovation, the brand’s flagship Fifth Avenue store now includes skylights that allow natural light to flood into the space during the day, a redesigned spiral staircase and a public plaza designed as a community hangout.

4. Milan, Italy

Apple’s Milan retail outpost, which is located at the busy Piazza Liberty, features a dramatic water feature: an eight-metre-high fountain encased in glass. Beola Grigia, a type of granite native to Italy, was used for much of the store’s stunning interior.

Apple Regent Street London
The Apple store on London’s Regent Street. Photo credit:

5. London, United Kingdom

Located along the Regent Street shopping belt, this Apple store features a modern interior located within a heritage building with a Grade II-listed exterior. It features Castagna stone walls, white terrazzo flooring and plenty of indoor trees.

For more information and travel advisories, please visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

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