Peek Behind the Curtain At Stanford 2 Store

June 7, 2013

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.

Nearly the entire 90-foot wide glass storefront of the future Apple store is visible in this photo. The structural steel at the top will support the visually “floating” roof.

The entire front portion of the store is faced with glass. Behind this “box” will be a stone-faced box housing additional public retail space and the back-of-house areas.

This is the normal view of the Stanford 2 store under construction at the west end of the mall.

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