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Apple Store Stanford Shopping Center

A stunning new Apple Store. In collaboration with Apple Retail Development and a team of consultants, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed this two-room, pavilion-like store for a unique location within Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center. The store replaces and expands a mini-store nearby in the same mall that opened in 2004. The store’s architecture is new for the chain, but will also appear next year at new stores in Portland (Ore.) and Aix-en-Provence (France).

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This two-room, pavilion-like store is a fresh and evolutionary direction for the Apple retail program, designed to directly invite one in to experience the product and space underneath a dramatically thin roof. With 180 lineal feet of storefront glass and three entrances, rarely has a store been so visually recognizable and physically accessible.

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“The 6,825 square-foot store is divided into two spaces: the front half displays all of Apple’s usual products on 12 wood tables, all visible through 20-foot tall windows on three sides. Walkways through the rear stone wall of this space lead to the other half of the store that sits under an arched skylight. A long Genius Bar in the center of the space allows 360-degree access for visitors, and accessory shelves line three walls. There are also tables and counters for training and product set-up, and two “kids” tables. Stock rooms, offices and repair spaces are hidden away in a third area of the building. A roof covered in stainless steel projects out from the storefront, providing protection from the sun and giving the structure a airy appearance.” – Gary Allen/Forbes

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The store features an open format with floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides and a stunning InvariMatte stainless steel roof that is made in 48” panels. The roof appears to be visually floating and with matching seams for a smooth sophisticated look. This new Apple flagship store was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Apple’s long term architectural firm.

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“The minimalistic design of this metal roof was enhanced with the fine skill of our workers and the very fine appearance of InvariMatte stainless steel. The overall design and workmanship of this project is what makes the project unique and we are proud to have participated in both aspects,” said Bata Zlatkovic of Van Mulder Sheet Metal, Hayward, CA, installer on the project.

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson:

As expected, the Apple product is featured at the beginning of the customer experience, but at Stanford a broad, glass-enclosed room makes the retail environment feel a part of the outdoor plaza, and the outdoor plaza part of retail environment. With 180 lineal feet of storefront glass and three entrances, rarely has an Apple Store been so visually recognizable and physically accessible.

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It is a store design that directly invites you in to experience the product and the space underneath a dramatically thin roof. Structural glass fins along the perimeter of the transparent room support the thin roof, leaving the space column-free and enhancing the sensation of a floating ceiling.

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As a counterpoint to the transparency and openness the front room, the backspace, which is dedicated to service, training and shopping of accessories, is enclosed and calming. A feeling of privacy and uniqueness supports the ambition for a place of gathering and learning, creating a special community room.

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Delicate stainless steel beams support the gentle arcing glass roof. A careful balance of a light tint, dot-patterned frit and a high-performance hard coating allows modulated daylight to fills the space while maintaining visual and thermal comfort year round.

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Project Data:

Project name: Apple Store Stanford Shopping Center
Location: 379 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, California 94304, United States
Coordinates: 37.441781, -122.172470
Type: Shop / Store / Showroom
Project Area: 11,900 sq.ft / 107 sqm
Project Year: 2010-2013
Status: Completed
Opening Date: September 7, 2013

Awards:

  • 2016 – Architizer A+ Awards – Category: Commercial > Retail – Jury Winner
  • 2014 – WAN Awards – Category: Glass in Architecture – Winner
  • 2014 – The American Institute of Architect (AIA Awards) – AIA San Francisco Awards – Category: Architecture – Merit Award

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Apple Inc.
Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – 8 West Market Street, Suite 1200, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18701, United States
Interior designer: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
General Contractor: Pepper Construction
Engineers:

  • MEP Engineer: WSP (Flack + Kurtz)
  • Structural Engineer: Umerani Associates
  • Structural Glass Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan
  • Civil Engineer: BKF Engineers

Consultants:

  • Waterproofing: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
  • Code: The Fire Consultants, Inc.
  • Lighting: ISP Design, Inc.
  • Landscape Design: SWA Group

Text Description: © Courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, AIA San Francisco Awards
Images: © Hufton + Crow, Peter Aaron, flickr-Carrie Gong, flickr-Gary Allen, flickr-Rogier Diver

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