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Foster + Partners’ Apple Champs-Élysées opens

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Technology giant Apple opened its new Foster + Partners-designed shop on Paris’s Champs-Élysées this weekend (18 November)

Norman Foster’s practice has renovated a 19th-century building to house the store, which sits on the corner of the French capital’s famous tree-lined avenue and Rue Washington.

The building – thought to be a former home of Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont – will hold more than 300 members of Apple staff when it opens on Sunday 18 November.

Its courtyard will be dedicated to hosting Today at Apple sessions, where experts from various fields will teach subjects such as photography, music, coding and design.

The scheme features a kaleidoscopic solar rooflight with mirrored pyramids that reflect sunlight onto the internal façades and floor. An original timber and marble grand staircase has been restored, as has the façade and entryway. 

An integrated rainwater collection system provides water for bathrooms, trees and green walls. Apple Champs-Élysées will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy including solar panels above the roof light.

Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive said: ‘My collaboration with Foster + Partners is now in its 10th year and I am thrilled we have completed such a special project together.

‘I love Paris. The charm and allure of the city are encapsulated by the scale and energy of the Champs-Élysées, and Apple Champs-Élysées is an extension of that vitality, wrapped within a historic envelope, with a careful juxtaposition of new and old.’

Fosters’ head of studio Stefan Behling said: ‘This is one of the most unique Apple flagships is the world, located along the world’s most beautiful avenue. In true Parisian style, it is rich in texture and envelopes a range of experiences that stimulate your senses.

‘As a place that inspires creativity, I love the fact that this was previously home to the aviation genius Alberto Santos-Dumont.’ 

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