updated 09:49 pm EDT, Mon June 9, 2014
Will feature a 'green curtain' of vines to help cool store
In preparation for its June 13 grand opening, the newest Apple Store in Japan -- and the first since 2006 -- has taken the wraps off its frontage, revealing all-glass walls on three sides of the building, an all-glass staircase leading below ground, and the general design language first seen in the "Stanford 2" Apple Store in California. The back side of the building, made of concrete, has been used to grow a "green curtain" of vines that will help naturally cool the building, as that wall get most of the direct sunlight exposure during the day.
Photos of the newly-revealed building come from a Japanese enthusiast blog called Ringo-Sanco, showing workers polishing the glass in preparation for the official unveiling of the store, which sits in the Tokyo suburb of Omotesando. With the addition of the newest store -- which has taken to using a leafy modified Apple logo as a distinguishing feature on its former "curtain" -- the total of Apple Stores in Japan will rise to eight.
The main floor of the story is given over to display tables and accessories walls, along with very tall glass (taller than the new Stanford store) held in place with glass "ribs." The staircase, which takes customers down to the lower floor where the Genius Bar, a demonstration theatre and other features are located, is centered in the middle of the store. The traditional Apple logo hangs suspended from the ceiling inside the store.
Vines cover the back wall of the store
The vine idea for the back wall will provide natural shade from the direct sunlight on the back portion of the store, and naturally thin out during the winter to allow for more light and heat to be generated. It is the first time Apple has used foliage as an integrated part of a store's environmental design. Following the grand opening, the Omotesando store will have normal store hours of 10AM to 9PM local time, seven days a week.