Up to now, a small rendering photo has been the only image the public has seen of the future Stanford 2 (N. Calif.) Apple retail store, now in the latter stages of construction. But now a tipster has provided a set of photographs that shows the structural steel has been erected, the storefront glass has been installed, and the roof supports are in place. The store will be the first of three to feature a new glass box and visually floating roof design. The architecture is intended to provide a 180-degree interior view of the store for passersby, and to give the structure a light and airy feeling. The same design will be used at the future downtown Portland (Ore.) and city-center Aix-au-Provence (France) retail stores. Demolition is underway now for both of those stores, while the Stanford 2 store could open by year’s end. View an entire gallery of the revealing photos from inside the plastic-covered, 11-foot construction fencing.
This store design was completed in 2011 by Apple’s long-time architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. It was approved by Steve Jobs about six months before Tim Cook assumed the position of CEO in August of that year. Mr. Jobs died in October 2011. It took another year to refine the design and obtain building approvals. Demolition on the former building began late last year.E-mail this story