updated 12:14 am EDT, Fri May 30, 2014
'Green curtain' will take up one side of latest retail store, save energy
Apple's latest Japanese Apple Store, the Omotesando location in Tokyo, may feature a "green curtain" of vines covering one side of the building in an effort to reduce cooling costs. The foliage will cover a majority of an all-glass wall, and block sunlight from heating the interior of the building -- which will reduce the cost and need for air conditioning to keep the space cool, according to Mac Otakara.
Vines on the back of under-construction Apple Store
The company has never used foliage as an architectural or energy-saving component of the store design before, and the experiment may be limited to just the Omotesando store; a workaround for an environmental issue using the existing building. The vines, which would thin out during the winter, have also inspired a modified "under construction" logo as seen below.
The logo for the store is reminiscent of the green "leaf" added to Apple stores all over the world for Earth Day last month. The company has said that it is working to increase the use of renewable power sources in its retail stores, alongside its progress in using green energy sources for its data centers. Apple currently owns the second-largest private solar power farm in the US.