In Istanbul, the brand new “Apple Bağdat Caddesi” retailer opened its doorways to customers on October 22. The brand new retailer is situated within the energetic Bağdat Caddesi, one of the vital worldwide and in style procuring areas and locations within the Turkish metropolis. The undertaking – the results of the shut collaboration between the Foster + Companions structure studio along with the Apple design crew – displays the idea design that characterises all different Apple shops constructed in several components of the world.
The shop was in-built a standalone constructing set again from the busy Bağdat Caddesi road. As already achieved for the Apple Sanlitun in Beijing or the Apple Central World in Bangkok, the architects have been thus in a position to design out of doors areas with a powerful public vocation. Particularly, a tree-lined sq. has been created that celebrates city life, providing alternatives for assembly and sharing.
The constructing has an everyday geometric form, a easy quantity that matches nicely into the native context and responds to Istanbul’s climatic and environmental wants. It seems as a easy single-story quantity on the essential road stage, with a big floating roof above it. Internally, the architects emptied the amount, liberating the central area from vertical helps and arranging the construction solely alongside the perimeter partitions. The result’s a clear quantity that creates a right away visible reference to the general public area exterior. To maximise this impact, the architects used the identical stonework discovered within the sidewalk to construct steps and slopes that lightly accompany guests in direction of the shop’s entrance.
The complete-height home windows, which shut the brief sides of the amount, draw the observers’ gaze in direction of the amount of the constructing, to reach on the luxuriant tree-lined backyard situated on the again. In actual fact, wanting by the clear window on the constructing’s essential entrance, the big inexperienced foliage of the backyard could be seen, attracting guests’ consideration and welcoming them to enter the structure. The shop entrance is situated on higher stage, the place the exhibition space is discovered. The second stage, then again, is completely hidden from the road view. The massive flight of stairs that crosses the double-height quantity gives entry to the backyard stage. The inexperienced areas are distributed on the three sides of the constructing and a tall hedge surrounds the tree-lined space. As Stefan Behling lead architect at Foster + Companions, explains, the intent was to create a pure atmosphere the place it will be attainable to chill out and supply a brand new public area for the area people, which might turn into a preferred vacation spot for each vacationers and residents. An area, in fact, constructed respecting the ideas of sustainability, with the inexperienced roof that improves the insulation and thermal consolation of the constructing, in addition to concealing a system used to get well rainwater for irrigation.
The selection of heat pure supplies for the interiors of the shop, highlighted by the pure lighting the enters the shop although the big skylights and the floor-to-ceiling home windows, is in line with the idea of constructing the Apple retailer a inexperienced oasis and an island of relaxation and rest within the energetic and hectic on a regular basis lifetime of Istanbul and, particularly, of this bustling a part of the town.
Photos courtesy of Apple
Undertaking Title: Apple Bağdat Caddesi
Architects: Foster + Partners with Apple Design Staff
Location: Istanbul, Turkey