updated 02:50 pm EDT, Wed May 23, 2012
Stanford shop to use 'glass box' design
New details have emerged about two upcoming Apple Stores. The first of these is another Parisian outlet, which Apple has announced will launch Friday morning at 9 AM in the city's Quatre Temps mall. The shopping center sits along the north extension of the Champs Élysées. Apple already has several Apple Stores in the Paris area, but just a handful scattered throughout the rest of France.
A rendering has meanwhile been produced by Apple architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, depicting the planned Stanford 2 replacement store for northern California. The proposed shop should use a "glass box" design, with all-glass walls in a front space helping to support a "floating" white roof. While the concept is not unique in Apple's chain, the other examples are also still in development; these include planned outlets in Portland, Oregon, and Aix en Provence in France.
Behind the front space will be the real bulk of the store, likely using a more conventional design. Stanford 2 will replace a mini-store currently situated about 700 feet away, dating back to 2004. Sources say the new shop should be ready by the end of the year; Apple may be eager to get the project completed, since the mini-store is now dwarfed by a Microsoft location that opened a month ago.