Apple has opened more than 500 Apple Stores around the world. These Apple retail stores in different countries and regions share a common goal: to serve local and even consumers from all over the world, and ultimately to become consumers and The bridge of "Apple" dialogue. However, these Apple Stores rarely use the same decoration and display, and the design of the store will be more in line with the local construction style, so as to "do as the Romans do." Through a series of articles, we will take you around the Apple Stores in different countries to experience different "Apple features."
The biggest feature of the Apple Store to be introduced today is that its predecessor is a library with a heavy sense of "history."
Apple's Carnegie Library opened in Washington in May, but it was made special not because of the title of "the second Apple Store in the Washington area," and its location. Apple Carnegie Library is located in the Carnegie Library (Central Public Library) in (Mount Vernon Square), Mount Vernon Square, which was funded by Andrew Carnegie and opened in 1903. Today, it has a history of hundreds of years, which makes Apple Carnegie Library Store the "largest historic restoration project to date" for Apple.
The Carnegie Library, located in the heart of the Fernon Square, is surrounded by trees and green plants, is the most valuable type of historical construction in modern commercial development projects. But the public library, which has been out of repair for years, is far from Andrew Carnegie’s original vision, thanks to its long history and extension of the restoration plan.
In 2016, Apple proposed a plan to build a flagship store and event center at Carnegie Library, and in 2017 it received final government approval. Mount Vernon Square's Carnegie Library also has a new DC History Center, which includes the Kiplinger Research Library, three galleries and a museum store, all owned and operated by the 125-year-old Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
In order to restore the original grand appearance of the building, the long-term design of the Apple Store's Foster Building Affairs and Jony Ive teamed up, retaining a historic look, restoring the interior space and restoring the building. The unique details of the early century have revived this cultural landmark.
Walk into the Apple Carnegie Library store and you can see the three-storey spiral staircase that has been preserved from the original building. The second floor is the location of the DC History Center and the city Historical Society.
After crossing the main entrance stairs, you can head to the adjacent Convention Center and the nearby Shaw District. The skylights used to illuminate the original library lending site in the middle of the building have also been redesigned. This space was replaced by a raised double-story atrium called "The Forum Interactive Square" and a larger skylight was set aside. Make the most of natural light sources. "Our decision with Ive is to make some very cautious and minor changes. It is almost invisible... you are not attracted to the skylight, but are attracted by the sky." Stefan Behling, head of Foster Architects Said.
▲The original borrowing office of the library was opened in 1903.
This area will also serve as a new base for the store's "Today at Apple" program. With a wide space and a new video wall, visitors can take part in a free daily course on topics such as photography, film production, music creation. , coding and design, and more.
The reading room on the first floor of the library in the east and west wings has been replaced by the retail area where Apple products are displayed. The display of these Apple products is based on the original reading room, and each table is also equipped with a distinctive narrow LED luminaires create an elegant atmosphere.
▲ 1908 Carnegie Library original first floor reading room.
▲ Today's Apple Carnegie Library retail store on the first floor.
The area where the library's original library is located is now transformed into the Genius Grove Genius Park, where Apple's Genius talent team will provide personalized technical support and advice.
From the main staircase, you can head to the DC History Center on the second floor and the Carnegie Gallery in the basement, which displays a large collection of historical photos and documents to help the public understand the origin and history of the building.