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Apple Store Michigan Avenue
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DESIGNER
 
 
Foster + Partners
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CONTEXT
 
Overview
Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela Ahrendts
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Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela Ahrendts
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DESCRIPTION
 
Apple Michigan Avenue reconnects Chicago to its river
Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela AhrendtsInspired by the pulse of Chicago’s artistic energy, Apple has created a new platform for performance in a city charged by music. Located at the intersection of the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue’s ‘Magnificent Mile’, Apple Michigan Avenue cascades down from Pioneer Court to the river’s edge, creating new connections between the city and the river.

Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela AhrendtsThe project reflects Apple’s commitment to the cities and communities it inhabits, and is the result of a close collaboration between the design team at Apple led by chief design officer, Sir Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners.
Sir Jonathan Ive said
Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela Ahrendts“Apple Michigan Avenue is about removing boundaries between inside and outside, reviving important urban connections within the city. It unites a historic city plaza that had been cut off from the water, giving Chicago a dynamic new arena that flows effortlessly down to the river.”
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Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela AhrendtsPioneer Court is an urban plaza steeped in Chicago history. It is the spot where Point de Sable – the founding father of Chicago – first lived and worked. Apple Michigan Avenue sits atop a wide new public stair, created to lead down from the plaza to the river. The gentle descent of levels creates active spaces where people can connect, create, and experience the city and river together.

Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela AhrendtsThe stairway transitions seamlessly between the outside and inside. It passes through the building’s walls – dematerialized to pure glass – and connects to the store’s buzzing center, sheltered by an impossibly thin carbon fiber roof, supported on slender stainless-steel columns. As the interior steps down to the river, it acts as a seating space around the Forum – the hub of Today at Apple and a live source of creativity, education and entertainment.
Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said
“We fundamentally believe in great urban life, creating new gathering places, and connecting people in an analog way within an increasingly digital world. 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.”
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Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela Ahrendts
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MATERIALS
 
carbon fiber, glass, steel

Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela Ahrendts

  • The store features an extremely thin Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) roof profile (3’- 4” max depth over 110’-8” span)

  • 10’ to 17’ long roof overhang on all four sides for solar protection and open views

  • Brushed stainless steel structural columns (no joints or seams)

  • 4 layers of 1⁄2” thick laminated ultra-low-iron glass façade

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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
Illinois
County
Cook
Town
Chicago
Neighborhoods
(32) Loop
Address
Pioneer Court (North Michigan Avenue)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2014    
Realisation
2015 - 2017
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CLIENT
 
 
Apple
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners
Drawings © Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, Apple Store Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Stefan Behling, Jonathan Ive, Angela Ahrendts



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