Apple does an incredible job on its flagship Apple Stores. Think of the 5th Avenue store in Manhattan, the Zorlu Center store in Istanbul, or the Pudong Store in Shanghai, China, and you envision soaring glass shapes. Other stores get a more traditional treatment, but still show architectural prowess that's amazing -- look at the Stanford Apple Store, for example. The company unveiled plans today for a new flagship store that will be built on the Chicago River near Michigan Avenue starting in 2016, and it is beautiful.
The glass-encased store will rise 32 feet above the Chicago riverwalk, giving unimpeded views of the river traffic from its space on the south side of the Pioneer Court Plaza. The building features a Frank Lloyd Wright-like ultra-thin roof, although Wright never had the luxury of working with the high-strength carbon fiber that will be used in the new structure.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the building was designed by Foster + Partners, the same company that designed the new "spaceship" headquarters that is under construction in Cupertino. It's a fitting design for a city that prides itself on stunning architecture.