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Images: Apple takes wraps off stunning new Istanbul store

updated 02:00 am EDT, Thu April 3, 2014

Cuboid above-ground uses huge panes of glass, hides two full floors

The cover has come off the new Istanbul Apple store in Turkey a few days ahead of its official opening on April 5, and revealed a stunning new above-ground glass opening that leads down to a full two-storey Apple Store. The cuboid canopy, which acts as a skylight for the store, uses exceptionally large glass panes surrounded by a shallow pond, and is bound to be as iconic a piece of retail architecture as the company's showcase stores in New York City and Shanghai.

The store is located in the Zorlu Center mall, a high-end shopping destination in the city, and will officially open at 10am local time on Saturday. Reports are that Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Apple CEO Tim Cook will attend the ceremony. The store features two Genius Bars and two full showroom floors, along with a dedicated "family room" and a special-event theater. The store is said to offer 21,500 square feet of space in total, and features another of the company's trademark glass staircases.

This is the first official Apple retail store to open in the country, just five months after it first brought its online stores to Turkey. Cook had promised that the store would feature a design concept not seen elsewhere, and the Zen-like above-ground portion, which employes monolithic panes of glass larger than any seen so far to make it more reflective, would seem to confirm that. Cook and Gül have been discussing plans to modernize Turkey's educational system through the use of a large-scale iPad deployment to the country's students, a proposal potentially worth $4 billion to Apple.

The design of the canopy could signal further development in Apple's plans to use very large glass slabs in some of its upcoming construction projects. The future Union Station store in San Francisco is said to feature two two-storey panes of glass that will slide open, creating a giant doorway. Apple is also planning on using gigantic curved glass slabs to help build its $5 billion "spaceship" Campus 2 project, expected to open in late 2016.

The company is said to be already planning to build a second store in Istanbul in a different location in the Asian section of the city. As of Saturday, the company will officially have a total of 424 retail stores in 16 countries. See the gallery below for more pictures of the Istanbul store.




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  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    They have Crate&Barrel in Turkey?

  1. Charles Martin

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    Jeronimo2000: not yet! (I've seen the same photo taken from another angle that makes it clear the store is coming but not there yet).

    While I can't claim to be an expert on Istanbul, friends are travelling there right now (one shot one of the pictures seen in this article). This mall is on the "European" side of town, and is very upscale, so attracts a lot of high-street merchants. As the article says, a second store will likely be built in the "Asian" side of town and may be somewhat different in design to accommodate cultural sensibilities, but will be equally awesome I'm sure. Instanbul is a fascinating place, and Turkey is a rapidly-changing country. Put a visit on your bucket list!

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    @chas_m: on second thought, it doesn't look like a photo at all, more like an artist's rendering supplied by the architects... which most likely are American and just banged some arbitrary stock background image in there, regardly of the geographical plausibility.

    The reason I might seen so obsessed with this is because I'm actually waiting for Crate&Barrel to hit these shores (= Europe in general) sooner rather than later. Believe it or not, trying to buy nice yet somewhat affordable furniture in Europe is not as easy as it should be. Yeah, I know, "nice" is in the eye of the beholder :), but I do like their stuff.

    Way to be off-topic...

  1. msuper69

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    Joined: 01-16-00

    Now I just have to go back to Istanbul! Love that city and the country!

  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: 11-15-06

    Unique architecture. Something Apple can pull but not coming from Microsoft.

  1. pottymouth

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    Joined: 11-19-03

    What picture looks like a rendering? They're all actual photos. Looks beautiful!

  1. Charles Martin

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    Yes, they are all actual photos. For other people's pictures of it, you can check Instagram.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    The second one of the pictures up there looks pretty much like a rendering. The one with the Crate&Barrel banners in the background, and as we know now, there is no C&B in Turkey (or Europe). Besides, look at the grass, the shadows.

    It's got a different aspect ratio than all the other pictures, too. Well, doesn't matter really, does it. :)

  1. And.reg

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    Joined: 02-22-04

    Originally Posted by NewsPosterView Post

    The cover has come off the new Istanbul Apple store in Turkey a few days ahead of its official opening on April 5, and revealed a stunning new above-ground glass opening that leads down to a full two-storey Apple Store.



    New pics/video?

  1. FastiBook

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    Joined: 02-17-05

    Wow, that is amazing.

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