Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store glows like a paper lantern in Macau

July 10, 2018 by  
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Foster + Partners has unveiled a new Apple Store in Macau  — and it’s very different from the all-glass buildings we’ve come to expect from the company. In response to the hustle and bustle of the port city known as the “Las Vegas of Asia,” the British international architecture studio crafted Apple Cotai Central as an oasis of calm housed in a glowing cube surrounded by bamboo. Instead of the Apple brand’s iconic full-height glazing, the architects applied a “first-of-its-kind” glass-stone composite facade that appears to glow from within. Located in the Sands Cotai Central resort, the Apple Cotai Central store opened late last month and is the second Apple store in Macau. Foster + Partners created the design in collaboration with the Apple design team led by chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive as well as with senior vice presidency of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts. The new store continues Apple’s embrace of POPS (privately owned public spaces) in that the grounds also include a large new event plaza nestled within a bamboo forest. “We wanted to create something very simple and pure — a beautiful and elegant building that complements the sounds, sights and colors of Macau, while embodying a sense of clarity and quietude,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio at Foster + Partners. “The design creates two distinct spaces, one inside and one outside, imbued with a sense of authentic beauty arising from the innovative use of natural materials .” Related: Foster + Partners’ Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public The Apple Cotai Centra gets its “paper lantern” effect from the glass-stone composite facade made up of extremely thin layers of stone attached to five layers of glass, which creates the effect of translucent stone walls evocative of stained glass. To achieve a sense of lightness, the structural frame is only supported on three corner columns clad in mirrored stainless steel. The airy interior features a glazed facade with a skylit central atrium surrounded by bamboo. A pair of grand stone staircases leads to the upper level that is also flooded with natural light. + Foster + Partners Images by Nigel Young/Foster+Partners

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Krill fishers partner with Greenpeace to protect Antarctic wildlife

July 10, 2018 by  
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An unlikely alliance has formed between krill fishing companies and environmental protection groups over a common cause: protecting the Antarctic Ocean and its marine life. Greenpeace is teaming with members of the Association for Responsible Krill Harvesting (ARK) to ensure wildlife sustainability of the southern ice cap. The agreement was announced during the Greenpeace Antarctic 360° event in Cambridge. The individual fishing companies honoring the agreement are all ARK members, representing 85 percent of the Antarctic krill harvesting industry. Related: The world’s largest wildlife sanctuary proposed for Antarctica Under the pact, the fisherman will honor “buffer zones” in known penguin breeding grounds in order to protect the wildlife. In addition, major portions of the Antarctic Peninsula will be out-of-bounds for the ARK membership. The partnership will also see ARK support scientific endeavors to study the area’s natural inhabitants. Working with scientists and environmental organizations, the groups will end fishing operations in environmentally sensitive areas, permanently closing these locations to fishing in 2020. The prohibition is part of a plan to create permanent protection zones throughout the Antarctic and reduce the potential for wildlife damage . The movement to protect Antarctic wildlife has grown in popularity in the last decade. According to Greenpeace, more than 1.7 million people worldwide have signed the organization’s petition to create stricter protections and maintain wildlife conservation in the southernmost waters. Krill is an important part of the Antarctic ecosystem . The shrimp-like crustacean is a food source for many of the South Pole’s animals, including whales, penguins and seals. By creating the wide protection zones, both Greenpeace and ARK hope to ensure long-term sustainability for animals. “Through our commitment we are showing that it is possible for no-fish zones and sustainable fisheries to co-exist,” Kristine Hartmann, executive vice president at krill fishing company Aker BioMarine, said in a statement. “We are positive that ARK’S commitment will help ensure krill as a sustainable and stable source of healthy omega-3s for the future.” The ARK-Greenpeace partnership is one part of a global plan to help preserve marine life. The multi-nation Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will meet in October to decide on sanctuary status for parts of the ocean. + Greenpeace Via  The Guardian Image of krill via Uwe Kils

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Ultra-thin Macbook-shaped roof tops new Apple Store in Chicago

October 24, 2017 by  
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A new Apple Store has just opened in downtown Chicago—and it’s an architectural beauty. Designed by Foster + Partners , Apple Michigan Avenue follows the tech giant’s new ( and controversial ) “Town Square” store concept in which stores are meant to serve as community hubs rather than simply commercial spaces. Naming aside, the new Apple flagship is a stunner with wraparound glazing and an ultra-thin carbon fiber roof in the recognizable shape of a Macbook cover. Located along the Chicago riverfront on North Michigan Avenue’s ‘Magnificent Mile,’ Apple Michigan Avenue was envisioned as a bridge between the city and the river. Granite staircases that flank the store step down to the waterfront from the historic Pioneer Court urban plaza. Massive curved glass walls wrap around the building on all sides, while four slender columns support an extremely thin floating roof. Related: First Apple Store in Southeast Asia is 100% powered by renewable energy “We fundamentally believe in great urban life, creating new gathering places, and connecting people in an analog way within an increasingly digital world,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “The design of Apple Michigan Avenue embodies this in its structure and materiality with a glass wall that dissolves into the background, revealing the only visible element of the building – its floating carbon fiber roof.” Interior stairs double as seating for Apple Michigan Avenue’s “forum,” the events space for talks about photography and coding, and hub of Today at Apple. + Foster + Partners Images by Neil Young

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Apple’s new Regent Street store is filled with daylight and living trees

October 14, 2016 by  
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Apple’s new Regent Street store designed in collaboration between Foster + Partners , Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail. Located in a nineteenth-century building with a restored Grade II-listed facade , the new interior pays homage to the area’s architectural heritage and traditional craftsmanship. Related: Apple unveils nature-filled, solar-powered future for its retail stores worldwide The tree-filled, double-height grand hall creates a kind of town square that invites people to mingle, check out the products and socialize. Accentuating transparency and accessibility, the Regent Street store is bathed in natural light which improves visual connections between the two levels. Portland stone adorns the interior of the wall facade, while luminous ceiling panels-the longest in the world, according to Apple-cover the entire ceiling. Related: Foster + Partners Unveils Istanbul’s First Apple Store The interior features a warm material palette, with stone, wood and terrazzo creating a dynamic interplay of textures. Display tables are placed along a new interactive wall display called The Avenue. The center of the space is called The Forum, where customers can learn from experts and enjoy different entertainment content. A new meeting space and Apple’s Genius Bar is located on the mezzanine level. The new store will open to customers on Saturday. + Foster + Partners

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Apple unveils first retail store under Jonathan Ive’s creative guidance

September 22, 2015 by  
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Apple has just unveiled its first store design since Jonathan Ive became chief design officer. The store is located within a building designed by UN Studio and Jaspers-Eyers Architects in Brussels and sports a minimalist color palette, wooden benches and the company’s trademark curved glass facades. Read the rest of Apple unveils first retail store under Jonathan Ive’s creative guidance

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Apple Supplier Pegatron Accused of Employing Minors and Imposing Overtime

July 29, 2013 by  
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US-based non-profit China Labor Watch has just issued a report which finds that three factories making Apple products impose excessive overtime on their workers and employ minors. The advocacy group said on Monday that the plants, run by the Pegatron Group violated Apple’s own standards for workers’ rights. According to the report, 70,000 employees at the three Pegatron sites work an average of 69 hours a week, “many of whom” are minors, while some other workers are interns from vocational schools. Read the rest of Apple Supplier Pegatron Accused of Employing Minors and Imposing Overtime Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: advocacy groups , Apple facilities , Apple factory China , apple human rights , apple products , apple workers , child labor , China Labor Watch , human rights , labor exploitation , labor rights violation , labor standards China , Pegatron        

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