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June 21 / Design, Inspiration

Apple Store architecture around the world

The Apple Store has only been around since 2001, but in less than 20 years, they have revolutionised the retail experience, just as much as they have revolutionised consumer technology.

As a true disruptor, Apple didn’t enter the retail game by copy and pasting the format you see at Currys or John Lewis, but create an all new customer experience, led by design and layout, that has excelled in architecture ever since.

Let’s take a look at our top 5 Apple Stores around the world…

1. New York Apple Store (Fifth Avenue)

The classic Apple Store design that comes to mind is always the Fifth Avenue store in New York. With the cuboid glass structure and staircase leading to the underground store, it is timeless, and the original trendsetter for Apple retail.

Apple Store New York

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2. Paris Apple Store (Carrousel du Louvre)

An Apple Store directly next to the Louvre in Paris, France, is the ultimate Apple design experience, and this store, seen in the background of the inverted pyramid is in the perfect company.

Apple Store Paris Louvre

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3. London Apple Store (Regent Street)

The largest Apple Store in the world dominates Regent Street with its astonishing beauty. Inside is a glass staircase leading to a Genius bar, and glass bridge that can be seen from the ground floor.

Apple Store London

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4. Shanghai Apple Store

The Shanghai Apple Store builds on the design of the Fifth Avenue store in New York, this time with a cylindrical glass structure, with a beautiful spiral staircase leading customers to the underground store.

Apple Store Shanghai

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5. San Francisco Apple Store (of the future)

The future of Apple Store’s, led by Apple VP, Sir Jony Ive, once again disrupts the retail experience. Yes, when you thought Apple had already disrupted enough, they went ahead and did it again! To truly experience the beauty of this story, and the future of Apple Stores, we recommend watching a video tour:

Bonus: Watch Steve Jobs introduce the first ever Apple Store

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June 16 / Design, Inspiration

Best of TED: A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City

In our latest featured TED Talk, Dan Barasch discussed his, and his business partner James Ramsey, crazy plan to create a park filled with greenery, right underneath New York City.

Lowline, will be an underground green space the size of a football field. Using technology that harvests sunlight above-ground and directs it down below, it is a park that can thrive, even in winter. 

Watch the TED Talk

June 7 / Design, Inspiration, Property

5 weird and wonderful properties from around the world

Property isn’t always about the standard home or cuboid buildings, it can take the form of a home made out of an abandoned aeroplane, or be designed to look like a piano on the horizon. Strange property isn’t hard to find when you know where to look. So in this post we’ve done the hard work for you and found the 5 most weird and wonderful properties from around the world.

  1. One Log House

One Log House is a home carved out of a single log of a felled redwood tree – which was over 2,000 years old!

One Log House

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  1. Piano House

It may look like something created in Minecraft, but this glass-clad home, in Japan, is the real deal – and not to be outdone, they added a cello for good measure.

Piano House

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  1. Katskhi Pillar Monastery

The Katskhi Pillar monastery in Chiatura, Georgia, is a very lonely place. But the 61-year-old monk who lives there doesn’t seem to mind.

Katskhi Pillar Monastery

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  1. Bridge House(s)

Google ‘bridge house’ and you’ll discover an incredible series of properties that are designed to bridge across a river or land. Joeb Moore’s are some of the most beautiful.

Bridge House

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  1. Boulder House

The boulder house, or Casa Do Penedo to give it its full name, was built to give peace and solitude to the owner. Flocks of tourists have since forced them to move out.

Boulder House

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June 6 / Design, Inspiration

Best of TED: How to fit more people in every city

A problem with many cities is that they were designed (or perhaps not even that) without the anticipation of the huge growth in population we have seen all over the world. But one man, in the TED Talk below, thinks the design of a city for a pre-automotive era could, in fact, hold the key to packing more people in.

In this TED Talk, Kent Larson explains how this would work, making everything you need within walking distance. He doesn’t stop there, though, and goes on to feature folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.

May 16 / Design, Property

A look at Dubai’s newest project: the world’s tallest tower

Dubai is, once again, developing the world’s tallest tower. Of course, the Burj Khalifa, also based in Dubai, currently holds this title at 829.8 m (2,722 ft) tall. But the country is nothing but ambitious.

The latest project, Jeddah Tower, will be the first structure ever to reach the one-kilometre-high mark. In fact, it was initially planned to be 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) high, but the geology of the area proved unsuitable.

Jeddah Tower

The building is being created by Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the wealthiest man in the Middle East, and nephew of the late King Abdullah. This is handy, since the project is expected to cost $1.23 billion.

While Dubai continues to build real estate of truly epic proportions, it is interesting to note that, from a value perspective, marketers say prices for the new apartments start at over seven-times less per square foot than in prime central London.

And with this comes the question of investment. The credit agency Standard & Poor’s recently said it expects UAE real estate prices to continue sliding in 2016, highlighting lower oil, a stronger dollar and geopolitical tensions as reasons behind this prediction.

But there is of course no denying, the world’s tallest building, and first to reach a full kilometer, will always hold desire at spectacular proportions.


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