By YVETTE TAN/MASHABLE May 25, 2017
Apple’s first destination in Southeast Asia? Singapore.
The doors of the two-storey high store, which features a stunning glass facade spanning 120 feet, opened briefly on Thursday for a media preview into the store.
Inside, the store embodies the sleek designs Apple is well-known for.
The stairs, leading up to the second floor of the store, are meant to draw inspiration from Apple Park in Cupertino.
The centerpiece of the second floor is a lush space featuring trees that are specially brought in from Malaysia, which should give the store a “modern-day town square” feel.
The store is one of Apple’s nine high profile stores across the world, which are in places like Ginza, Dubai, and New York.
The store is also home to the Today at Apple program, which sees Apple stores around the world offer workshops, events and in-store classes.
“We offer Today at Apple sessions across different categories such as photography, art, coding, music,” said Ashley Middleton, head of programming for Today at Apple.
“The goal is that we can offer different types of programming across different categories, to all age groups.”
“We want the forum to be a real town square, a place where we can welcome the community,” Ms Middleton told Mashable.
“You can see an illustrator just sitting over there and we’re air-playing her illustration on the video wall — that’s the real goal at Apple. You can come come in and be inspired or buy an iPhone, but we wanna show people what they can create with our products.”
The Singapore store will officially open to the public on Saturday.
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