World’s first floating Apple Store to open in Singapore

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Apple on Tuesday announced to open Apple Marina Bay Sands, its first floating retail store with a glass dome that appears as a floating sphere and sits directly on the water.

To be thrown open for the public on Thursday, the store brings up a new retail experience at one of the most iconic locations in the country, the company said.

“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,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Senior Vice President.

The dome structure is fully self-supported, comprising 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection. 

The interior structure is lined with custom baffles, each uniquely shaped to counter sun angles and provide a nighttime lighting effect. 

With trees lining the interior of the dome, the green garden city of Singapore flows into the store, providing more shading and soft shadows.

Visitors can explore and review Apple products and accessories, receive personal technical support, or simply take in the incredible view of Marina Bay. 

Apple said, “the Forum is centered around a Video Wall, which will serve as the stage for ‘Today at Apple’ sessions featuring Singapore’s artists, musicians, and creators.”

Nearly 150 employees communicating in over 23 languages will welcome visitors to Apple Marina Bay Sands.

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