When you think of Apple, aside from the logo that is so ubiquitous these days that you can’t even flick on your favourite TV series without seeing it jump across the screen by way of laptop or phone, it’s likely that the products are what come to mind. From the iPhone to the mourned loss of the original iPod Shuffle, the tech giant has continued to innovate and transform the world of technology over the years and in doing so, our lives have become more efficient and inter-connected than ever before. Few people, when asked, would conjure images of impressive architecture and visually-stunning stores, but perhaps that will change once you’ve seen this. In a world first, the tech giant has created a floating store in Singapore and it truly is a feast for the eyes.
If Apple stores normally conjure pristine white surfaces and stand-offish tech gurus that will only roll their eyes at your pedestrian requests, think again. This orb floats on the water in front of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, adding not only a new flavour to Singapore’s already impressive skyline (or should we say waterline), but also stands as an architectural milestone that tourists will likely flock to see when given the chance.
Unfortunately, the store has yet to be opened to the public – understandably with the world still engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, it might be some time before it does – but Apple has still released a bunch of photos of the store from the outside and it looks every bit as amazing as you’d expect of a store that’s come to be known as the “orb”.
As well as this, the tech giant has developed a webpage dedicated to the floating store and has described it as “a space for you to explore, connect and create something new.” Apple also released a short teaser video for the store, including a number of wallpapers.
If the thought of a floating store has you questioning just how such a venue is accessed by public, 9to5Mac reports: “an elevated boardwalk and underwater passage connect the pavilion to the shore and The Shoppers at Marina Bay Sands.” And as if all that wasn’t enough to entice even the most loyal of Samsung users, the orb apparently glows in a multitude of colours as soon as night descends on the city.
As the publication suggests, “During the day, the store’s glass panels reflect the towering skyline of the Downtown Core and motion of the rippling water. At night, the sphere glows with a gentle warmth, evoking the design of traditional lanterns carried during Singapore’s Mid-Autumn Festival. The pavilion dome narrows to an oculus, allowing unobstructed light to flood in. A birds-eye view of the store resembles a glass iris peering into the sky.”
Not bad Apple, not bad.