Singapore’s Apple Store Is a Sleek Glass Bubble Floating in Marina Bay

By Jessica Stewart on September 13, 2020


Apple Store - Marina Bay Singapore - Foster + Partners


싱가포르 플로팅 마리나베이 애플스토어

   싱가포르의 마리나베이는 이미 건축의 상징으로 여겨지고 있으며, 이제 애플 덕분에 이 지역을 향상시키는 데 도움이 되는 새로운 현대식 건축물이 있다. 건축회사 포스터+파트너스가 설계한 애플 마리나 베이 샌즈는 애플스토어로는 처음으로 물에 완전히 둘러싸인 곳이다.

미래형 공간은 최근 문을 연 방콕 애플스토어에 이어 나무의 형태를 취한 아름다운 후속작이다. 싱가포르에서 건축가들은 과거의 영향을 받은 현대적인 영역을 창조해냈다. 포스터 + 파트너스는 고대 로마 건축물의 조각을 현대적인 것으로 해석하면서 영감을 얻기 위해 로마의 유명한 판테온을 바라보았다.

에너지 자급자족 구조는 유리로 만들어졌으며, 단지 10개의 수직 멀리언만이 114개의 판을 함께 헤밍하고 있다. 

360도 파노라마가 인상적이다. 내부에는 원형의 햇빛 가리개가 더위를 식혀주고 중앙의 오큘러스까지 모여들어 다시 판테온으로 돌아온다.

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Singapore's Marina Bay is already iconic for its architecture, and now, thanks to Apple, there is a new contemporary structure helping enhance the area. Designed by architects Foster + Partners, Apple Marina Bay Sands is the first Apple Store entirely surrounded by water.

The futuristic space is a beautiful follow up to the firm's recently opened Bangkok Apple Store, which took on the form of a tree. In Singapore, the architects have created a modern sphere influenced by the past. Foster + Partners looked to Rome's famous Pantheon for inspiration, interpreting the piece of ancient Roman architecture into something contemporary.

The self-supporting structure is made entirely of glass, with just 10 vertical mullions seaming together the 114 panes. This gives an impressive 360-degree panorama of the surroundings. Inside, circular sun shades provide relief from the heat and gather up to a central oculus, which again harkens back to the Pantheon.

“The dome appears ephemeral,” shared Foster + Partners' Stefan Behling. “The effect is very calming, and the changing intensity and color of the light is mesmerizing. It is not only a celebration of Apple’s incredible products but a celebration of light.”

Apple Marina Bay Sands is accessed via a 147-foot-long underwater tunnel from the neighboring shopping center, giving visitors the feeling that they're entering a floating building. This tunnel is an extension of the Apple experience, as it's lined with merchandise and has a Genius Bar running down the center.

More than just a retail space, this Apple Store—the third in Singapore—also has a video wall that provides Today at Apple sessions for local artists and creators. Entrepreneurs and developers are also encouraged to meet with the Apple team for advice and training in its first underwater boardroom located on the lower level.

By continuing to push the boundaries of its stores, Apple is letting cutting-edge architecture help reinforce the messaging behind its brand. If you are ready to experience Apple Marina Bay Sands, it's now open to the public via appointment to help maintain social distancing policies.

Apple has opened its first store to sit entirely on water.

Located in Singapore, Apple Marina Bay Sands was inspired by the classical architecture of the Pantheon.


Aside from shopping, the space is also set up for interactive presentations and training.


Apple Store Singapore Interior by Foster + PartnersApple Store Singapore Interior

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