updated 01:45 pm EST, Sun February 2, 2014
Changes include new shape, height reduction and full-height bay windows
A revised filing scheduled for hearing with the San Francisco Planning Department on February 5 reveals changes to the proposed storefront and construction details on the new Union Square Apple store location in the Bay Area city. The 258-page filing for the 300 Post Street store outlines the 23,470 square foot store and outer areas where a Levi's store now exists.
According to the documents filed with the planning department and uncovered by AppleInsider, the Foster + Partners and Page & Turnbull prepared packet details the design of the building, which features a columnless internal design and clear glass store front familiar to other Apple stores. Bead blasted steel panels and structural glass make up of most of the design, which is then reflected in palette choices on the outside with gray stone work and metal shutters. The document goes on to detail some of the smaller points of the construction, such as light fixture selections.
The design initially began as a triangular building, but has since been changed to an L-shape incorporating a nested patio area in the rear since last year's original filing (originally part of an adjoining hotel). Changes to the patio included an increased area from 4,586 square feet to 6,059 square feet, with the addition of a new water feature. The building was also reduced from four stories to two, resulting in a height reduction to 47.56 feet from 63 feet.
Perhaps the most interesting feature in the design is the six bay windows facing Post Street, two of which will be independently framed and will slide open during operational hours. This leaves both the bottom and top floors exposed to the street in a "full-height opening at the center of the facade."