Foster + Partners has completed and reimagined the Apple store in Sanlitun, an urban quarter in Beijing, China. Originally built in 2008, Apple’s first store in China has relocated, in proximity to the older building, taking on more social aspects, and generating a “new dialogue with the surrounding pedestrian streets, addressing the large open square that is a social focus for the district”.
Reimagined by Foster + Partners, Apple Sanlitun has just opened in Beijing, with collaborative design, the result of a close partnership between Apple and the architectural firm. As Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners stated, “Apple Sanlitun is all about being open and inviting – visually, physically and metaphorically”, the store draws inspiration from the energy of the area, connecting inside and outside spaces.
The architecture puts in place “a porous building envelope that opens out onto all four sides and connects to the multi-layered circulation network”. In fact, the main façade, facing the square, is the ultimate source of natural light for the interior space, while the rear glazed façade is lined with trees. On each side, large staircases lead the visitors towards the Genius Grove.
A backdrop, the forum on the upper level, holds integrated upholstered leather seating, and creates “a viewing gallery for the lively square outside”. In addition, a large overhanging roof provides shelter, and includes “390 square-meters of integrated photovoltaic panels”. Other energy-saving measures comprise advanced façade design, optimized air conditioning, and efficient lighting systems.
Featuring a unique structural system that has been used for the first time in China, Apple Sanlitun introduces a Special Truss Moment Frame that resists to seismic forces, while generating a column-free interior space. “Tuned mass dampers reduce excessive vibration in the cantilevered upper level and Buckling Restrained Braced Frames minimize the structural impact on the existing basement”.
Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. In fact, our cities’ skylines have always been defined by those in power during every period in history. At one point churches left their mark, followed by public institutions and in the last few decades, it’s commercial skyscrapers that continue to stretch taller and taller.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has developed its own system for classifying tall buildings, stating that the Burj Khalifa (828 m.) is the world’s tallest building right now. These are the tallest buildings in the world [Latest Update: August 2020]
25. 432 Park Avenue
City: New York Height: 1,397 ft (425.5 meters) Floors: 85 Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects Building Function: Residential Completion: 2015
24. Wuhan Center Tower
City: Wuhan, China Height: 1,437 ft (438 meters) Floors: 88 Architects: East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Building Function: Hotel, Residential, Office Completion: 2019
23. Guangzhou International Finance Center
Location: Guangzhou, China Height: 1,439 ft (438,6 m) Floors: 103 Architects: Wilkinson Eyre Architects Building Function: Hotel, Office Completion: 2010
Location: Shenzhen Height: 1,449 ft (441,8 m) Floors: 100 Architects: TFP Farrells Building Function: Hotel, Office Completion: 2011
21. Willis Tower
Location: Chicago Height: 1,451 ft (442,1 m) Floors: 108 Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Building Function: Office Completion: 1974
20. The Exchange 106
Location: Kuala Lumpur Height: 1,460 ft (445,1 m) Floors: 95 Architects: Mulia Group Building Function: Office Completion: 2019
19. Zifeng Tower
Location: Nanjing, China Height: 1,476 ft (450 m) Floors: 66 Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Building Function: Hotel, Office Completion: 2010
18 Suzhou IFS
Location: Suzhou, China Height: 1,476 ft (450 m) Floors: 95 Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) Building Function: Hotel, Office, Serviced Apartments Completion: 2019
=16. Petronas Twin Tower 2
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Height: 1,489 ft (451.9 m)
Architects: Cesar Pelli & Associates
Building Function: Office
16. Petronas Twin Tower 1
Location: Kuala Lumpur Height: 1,489 ft (451.9 m) Floors: 88 Architects:Cesar Pelli & Associates Building Function: Office Completion: 1998
15. Changsha IFS Tower T1
Location: Changsha, China Height: 1,483 ft (452.1 m) Floors: 94 Architects: Wong Tung & Partners Building Function: Hotel, Office Completion: 2018
14. Vincom Landmark 81
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Height: 1,513 ft (461.2 m) Floors: 81 Architects: Atkins Building Function: Hote, Residential Completion: 2018
13. Lakhta Center
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia Height: 1,516 ft (462 m) Floors: 87 Architects: Gorproject Building Function: Office Completion: 2019
12. International Commerce Centre
Location: Hong Kong Height: 1,588 ft (484 m) Floors: 108 Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) Building Function: Hotel, Office Completion: 2010
Location: Shanghai Height: 1,614 ft (492 m) Floors: 101 Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) + Mori Building + Irie Miyake Architects and Engineers Building Function: Hotel, Office Completion: 2008
10. TAIPEI 101
Location: Taipei Height: 1,667 ft (508 m) Floors: 101 Architects: C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners Building Function: Offices Completion: 2004
9. CITIC Tower
Location: Beijing Height: 1,731 ft (527.7 m) Floors: 109 Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (Design Architect) + TFP Farrells (Land Bid Concept) Building Function: Office Completion: 2018
8. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre
Location: Tianjin Height: 1,740 ft (530 m) Floors: 97 Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Building Function: Hotel, Serviced Apartments, Office Completion: 2019
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Center
Location: Guangzhou Height: 1,739 ft (530 m) Floors: 111 Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) Building Function: Hotel, Residential, Office Completion: 2016