After being sent back to the drawing board two times due to public backlash, Foster + Partner’s third proposal for Apple’s flagship San Francisco store has been given the tick of approval by the city planning commission.
The revised design features two 44-foot tall, 23-foot wide glass sliding doors, which expose the store’s interior to Union Square pedestrians.
Two smaller glass doors that will be the primary entry point when the large ones are closed will accompany the giant glass panels.
Foster + Partners’ original plan was to relocate the existing Stockton Street store entrance but the idea was rejected by city officials and critics as it required the removal of the historic Ruth Asawa Fountain and the construction of a 80-foot long, windowless wall along the populated sidewalk.
Rick Militello, the Apple’s development director, believes the revised glass panel design will be more iconic than the renowned glass cube Apple Store located New York City.
Courtesy San Francisco Business Times