Foster + Partners Envisions Miami’s New Apple Store as a Nod to Nautical Heritage

Foster + Partners envisions Miami’s new Apple Store as a nod to its nautical heritage

Apple Aventura. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partner

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Foster + Partners has completed the new Apple Aventura store in Miami, Florida. The project was designed to embody the city’s openness. It has a wavy vaulted roof that is reminiscent of the city’s nautical roots. The building’s materiality and flow are inspired by the area’s Art Deco buildings, as the new two-story store responds to the light, culture, and climate of Florida.

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Foster + Partners worked closely with Apple’s design team, led by Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive. The hotel is located in the new wing of the bustling Aventura Mall on the ground floor next to the shopping center entrance plaza and the fountain with the incredible public art sculpture Aventura Slide Tower by Carsten Höller, which shows Miami’s status as a travel destination for art and culture. I said: “This shop is very ‘Miami’ to me – its special trees, the light and the new roof. It’s also the epitome of Apple, combining the outdoor lifestyle with a sense of freedom and creativity that is essential to the way we work. ”

Apple Aventura.  Image © Nigel Young, Foster + PartnerApple Aventura. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partner

Outside, a densely planted garden welcomes visitors with teak tables and chairs in the shade. The design of the garden is an outdoor genius grove and a place for visitors to relax. It’s an answer to Miami’s outdoor lifestyle. The glazed facade of the building was designed in such a way that the line between inside and outside is blurred. The tree grove and the exhibition tables flow seamlessly into the huge, double-high hall, which is protected by the vaulted roof. The 80 foot long concrete beams consist entirely of prefabricated elements and extend between steel pillars that are clad with a concrete casing. Concrete arches, 20 feet wide, extend between the joists to form a barrel vaulted ceiling, which is covered with a white fabric on the underside for acoustic dampening.

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Inside, a staircase forms an amphitheater that overlooks the forum’s screen. The steps connect the internal entrance to the plaza below and form the social heart of the business. They have leather seats and integrated charging stations where users can watch and experience Apple’s varied program of talks and Apple Music events, as well as making appointments with Apple Geniuses. Stefan Behling, Head of Studio at Foster + Partners, said: “We love the honesty and purity of the concrete. The language and materiality of the Apple Aventura Mall are inspired by Miami’s white Art Deco traditions and the white climate, making them an expression of their place and their culture. This is the first Apple Store to use white precast concrete as the predominant construction system, and it’s also a continuation of the materiality we explored in Apple Park. “

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