An Apple Store designed by UK architect Foster + Partners has opened in Istanbul’s Bagdat Caddesi, one of the city’s main retail streets.
The shop is a simple, single-story, column-free volume, set back from the shopping street to allow space for a tree-lined square.
The site has a 4.8m incline, with visitors entering the building at the upper ground level and entering a double-height volume.
The exterior is wrapped in a rainscreen façade made from local travertine stone, apart from the front, which is made up of a glass curtain wall.
Stefan Behling, the architect’s head of studio, said: "I love the energy and vibrancy of Istanbul. Apple Bagdat Caddesi is a calm, green oasis that creates an island of repose from which to enjoy the bustling energy of the city.
“With publicly accessible green spaces on three sides, the building provides a space for the local community and is set to be a new destination for everyone. With warm natural materials throughout, it provides a calming and elegant space for visitors to enjoy.”