Apple’s “most ambitious store ever” has a MacBook-shaped roof

An Apple Store with a carbon-fibre roof designed to resemble a closed Apple MacBook has opened in Chicago.

The shop, which is located at the intersection of the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue, is supported by four interior pillars that allow the 10m high glass facades to remain unobscured.

Apple worked with the City of Chicago on the project, which links the riverfront with the city, and creates views from the plaza to the river.

The store will mark its opening with a month of events called the "Chicago Series", which Apple hopes will ignite the public’s passion for all manner of creative activities, including typography, music and coding.

The project was designed by UK architect Foster + Partners, which has previously worked on Apple Stores in Dubai, San Francisco and Singapore.

Stefan Behling, head of studio at Foster + Partners, said: "We believe in great urban life, creating gathering places, and connecting people in an analogue way within an increasingly digital world.

"The design of Apple Michigan Avenue embodies this in its structure and materiality with a glass wall that dissolves into the background, revealing the only visible element of the building – its floating carbon-fibre roof."

Images courtesy of Apple

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