Apple took the wraps off its first floating store to reveal a glowing glass orb — and it’s only hours away from opening (AAPL)

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Apple’s first-ever floating store is expected to open on Thursday, September 10 in Singapore, and we now have a better look at the futuristic design now that the exterior wrapping has been removed.

The dome-like structure that’s located at Marina Bay Sands is made out of 114 pieces of glass held together by 10 narrow vertical mullions. It features a 360-degree view of the sovereign island city-state of Singapore and allows for tons of natural daylight to enter the store.

This will be the first of Apple’s locations to include an underwater boardroom, located on the store’s lower level, where developers and entrepreneurs alike can conduct meetings with Apple team members. The construction of Apple Marina Bay Sands was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, a former temple that currently serves as a Catholic church.

“We couldn’t be more excited to open the breathtaking Apple Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, building on our commitment to this special place that began more than 40 years ago,” Apple’s retail chief Deirdre O’Brien said in a press release on Monday. “Our passionate and talented team is ready to welcome this community to our new store and deliver the care and support that our customers around the world love.”

This brand-new store will be Apple’s third retail facility located in Singapore, a hub of world travel and business. As such, this location will feature a diverse set of employees, as the staff of nearly 150 people speak 23 languages.

As a result of concerns regarding the coronavirus, Apple Marina Bay Sands is initially limiting the amount of customers. Those who want to visit the store must register online to reserve a spot. 

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Before this week, the location was still covered, hiding the full effect of the glass panels. At the time, Apple had only teased that it would be opening “soon.”

You can see more images and photos of the upcoming Apple Store below.

This is what the new location looked like while it was under construction, covered in a wrapping that hid the glass panels.

Here’s how Apple Marina Bay Sands looks with the glass uncovered.

Customers will have plenty of space to look at new products with views of Singapore in the background.

Customers can seek help from Apple team members if they have any questions.

Apple Team members and local artists can use the Forum for presentations and performances alike.

Apple Marina Bay Sands is initially limiting the amount of customers.

And here’s a look at the location from the air. Customers can begin visiting September 10.

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Source:: Business Insider


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