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Spherical Glass Apple Store

Not for fruit! However, if you believe that good design makes an important and uplifting contribution to daily life, you're going to love Apple's new outpost in Singapore. An OGN spy tells us it's amazing.

Technology manufacturer Apple has just opened its spherical Apple Marina Bay Sands store, designed by architecture studio Foster + Partners, which it describes as its "most ambitious retail project".

Built in Singapore's Marina Bay alongside the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Apple Store is accessed via a 45-metre-long underwater tunnel from the nearby shopping complex and is surrounded on all sides by the bay - creating the impression that it is floating.

"Appearing as a sphere floating on the iridescent Marina Bay, the store introduces a new and captivating retail experience at one of the most iconic locations in Singapore," said Apple, not unreasonably, blowing their own trumpet.

The store's main space is an open-plan area within the 30 metre diameter, self-supporting glass and steel dome. The structure is made from 114 pieces of glass with 10 narrow, steel vertical mullions for structural support. Customers within the store will have 360-degree views across the Marina Bay to the surrounding city.

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