Two More China Stores Under Construction

June 16, 2014

While blogs in the United States speculate on the expansion of Apple stores in China under new Sr. VP Angela Ahrendts, construction workers have been toiling away on stores planned literally years ago, including second and third locations in the country’s ninth-largest city, Chongqing. According to several sources and photos of the sites, stores will eventually open at the Paradise Walk and MixC shopping malls, located north and south of city-center respectively. The store are in addition to the Guotai Plaza store recently confirmed. According to sources, the MixC location has been underway for several months without incident, and job listings have been posted. However, the Paradise Walk location has been delayed by design changes and other issues. The project first came to life in 2011 by Woods Bagot architects. It was originally designed with three levels, each with 20-foot ceilings. However, half-way through the construction phase Apple wanted a more spectacular storefront, and requested a slight change–remove the floor slab between the ground-floor and first-floor to create one spacious level. That design is now under construction, with a 40-foot tall lower level and a 20-foot upper level, surrounding by light-colored stone walls. Based on construction and employee hiring schedules, both stores could open in the first half of 2015.

This is a unique view of a future Apple store–it is in an early stage of construction, and yet the wood product display tables are in place. This is the first design version, with three equal-height levels. The floor slab between the lower and first levels was later removed to create a two-level design.

This view of the second and final design shows the very tall lower level with a huge opening that will be covered with glass. The top floor will not have windows, but will be covered with stone, decorated with a back-lit Apple logo. The other exterior walls of the building will be stone.

A closer view of the interior seems to show stone panels (top center) being installed. The store faces a plaza to the right.

The floor plan for the Paradise Walk store appears to show a straight-run glass staircase at the rear of the space.

This rendering of the MixC mixed-use development shows high-rise office and residential towers, along with 500,000 s.f. of retail space for 225 retailers on five levels.

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