Apple Aventura

Foster + Partners

 

Apple Aventura embodies Miami’s spirit of openness and generosity, bringing people together under an undulating vaulted roof that is reminiscent of the city’s nautical and architectural roots.

The materiality and flowing spaces are inspired by the region’s Art Deco buildings, with the new two-level store creating a dynamic destination that nurtures creativity and innovation.

The glazed façade blurs the boundary between the interior and exterior, creating a green building with the grove of trees and display tables flowing seamlessly into the vast double-height hall, sheltered by the extraordinary vaulted roof. Made solely from precast elements, its 80-foot-long concrete beams span 60 feet between slender steel columns, that are clad with a concrete casing. Between the beams, 20-foot-wide concrete arches span to form a barrel-vaulted ceiling, which is covered by a white fabric on the underside for acoustic attenuation Inside, a sweeping flight of steps form a generous amphitheater, looking onto the Forum screen.

Linking the internal entrance to the plaza below, the steps form the social heart of the store. They have leather seating and integrated charging stations where people can watch and experience Apple’s varied program of talks and Apple Music events and have their appointments with Apple Geniuses, all within a naturally lit and calm environment.

Nigel Young - Photographer

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