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Architecture News: Apple has tasked London architecture-based Foster + Partners (F+P) with designing a new flagship along North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The Apple Store will replace the existing Chicago flagship—a four-story development that debuted in 2003. The new store’s riverfront location was chosen with the goal of increasing visibility and sales. Locally known as Pioneer Court, the site is regarded for its publicly displayed sculptures.
Though actual plans have yet to be released, a report from the city’s Department of Planning and Development reveals a 20,000-square-foot retail outlet, which will occupy an office building’s former food court. Patrons will enter the glass-fronted store’s 14-foot-high entry pavilion via stairs that link the street to the Chicago River’s north bank.
This street-level pavilion will feature a thin roof with high-strength carbon-fiber reinforcement that aims to reduce cooling loads during the year’s hottest months. Patrons will have the option of using either two staircases or an elevator to access the subterranean sales floor.
With glass walls that rise 32 feet above the riverwalk, the store’s exterior will deviate from the company’s previously unveiled retails outlets, which typically feature cubic glass box facades. This location will instead reference the iconic Midwestern Prairie-style designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Construction is expected to begin next year. F+P was also responsible for Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters, which is currently under construction.
Tech fans, are you ready to run to Chicago and see the latest Foster + Partners architecture portfolio add?
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