How do you thank someone for 40 years of dedicated collaboration and support? If you are Apple, build a unique waterfront glass dome that will become an international landmark. Starting today, people in Singapore have a new space to share as Apple Marina Bay Sands opens its doors for the first time.
Readers from Singapore shared their photos of Apple’s grand opening in the waters of Marina Bay, where even the health and safety precautions required this year couldn’t detract from one of the most spectacular Apple store designs ever unveiled. People of Singapore are passionate about photography, and the curved lines and panoramic views of the new store will inspire creativity for years to come.
Apple Marina Bay Sands is more than just a new business. It completes three famous retail locations in the region. It is the culmination of Apple history in Singapore, dating back to the Apple II. And most importantly, it sends big news that Apple is still committed to the little red dot.
Customers lucky enough to reserve a coveted opening date to go under the dome in Basement 2 of The Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands on Thursday morning. At 10 a.m., the store’s unique paneled glass doors opened one by one and disappeared into the curved stone wall.
Visitors entering the mall are treated to a cinematic reveal that descends the 45-meter tunnel and up the dizzying highly polished escalator shaft before stepping into the bright dome.
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Instead of high fives and a crowded, energetic building, Apple prepared an even more special experience for the opening day. When groups entered the dome due to their reservation time, members of the Apple team gave each visitor a personal tour of the store. Striking architectural details were highlighted and staff provided tips on how to take great photos of the dome. Custom tote bags and red Apple stickers were distributed before leaving.
While a visit to Apple Marina Bay Sands is out of the question right now for most people outside of Singapore, new surprises await when the trip is safe again. Creative will remember how the forum on Apple Orchard Road was once lit up with talented local artists eager to share their work and stories during the Today at Apple sessions. The same energy will one day fill the dome.
Whenever you get the chance to pay a visit, pay attention to some unique details and check out Apple’s online visitor guide. Apple Marina Bay Sands is the only Apple Store with escalators. The store’s iPhone case and AirPods trays on the tables in the dome are brand new displays that can’t be found in any other Apple store.
In the tunnel, a new Apple Watch Band Avenue with custom-made wooden drawers is the first in Asia after showing up on Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City last fall. And don’t forget to take your photo behind the freestanding video wall with the glowing Apple logo and mirror-polished stainless steel back that reflects the waters of Marina Bay.
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