July 12, 2010
Apple opened its newest location in Shanghai on Saturday, July 10th. Inspired by the glass cube of the Fifth Avenue store in New York, Apple uses some of the largest pieces of glass in the world to construct its first cylindrical store.The surrounding plaza echoes the shape of the store. The glass cylinder represents a pebble dropped into a pond, and the concentric circles stand for ripples of water and the energy that radiates throughout China.
A spiral staircase in the cylinder winds its way down to the retail shop below the surface. Roy Zipstein captures the signature clean lines of the Apple store in his photos, continuing his collaboration with Apple. He was present at the opening to document the interior and exterior of the store, as well as the natural pandemonium that accompanies the anticipation of every new Apple store.
The Shanghai Apple store is located in the Pudong financial district, situated among other landmark buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower (as seen in the background) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (the tallest building in China). It is the second Apple store in China, the first opened in 2008 prior to the Beijing Olympics. New Apple stores in China are to follow.
Zipstein has also photographed Apple stores in Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, London, Munich, Zurich, Montreal, and more.