Apple Planning ‘Near-Transparent’ Retail Store For France

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French magazine AixEvProvence this month claims Apple could be working on a ‘near-transparent’ retail store for construction in the heart of France. That’s according to Gary Allen of ifoAppleStore who was first to pick up on the article.

The magazine describes the all-glass store as a one-level structure which is “set back on a broad stone plaza, with a tan-colored rear wall, and all other encompassing walls made of glass.”

A rendering posted by the magazine shows a one-level structure set back on a broad stone plaza, with a tan-colored rear wall, and all other encompassing walls made of glass. A second rendering shows the store is an extension of a design roughly based on the Upper West Side (NYC) store. Typically for Apple, the rendering does not show any Apple-like features and there are no visible Apple logos.

According to AixEvProvence, Apple was required by the city council in its plans to build such a store to promise that the building would be in keeping with current earthquake standards, with the governing body reportedly also concerned regarding the store’s finished overall look and its potential visual impact on the surrounding area.

It is so far unclear when construction work on this store will begin.

[via MacStories]


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