New Apple Store in Paris opens for business

Mon, Jul 5, 2010


This past Saturday, Apple opened up its 294th store in Paris, France.

Set in a restored bank across Rue Halevy from the gildedĀ Palais Garnier — longtime home of the Opera de Paris — the store eschews the usual bland Apple retail ambiance in favor of the site’s original architectural detail — the mosaic tile floor, the marble columns, the curving balustrade, the wrought-iron spiral staircases, the long narrow skylight.

The storefront was originally built in 1853 and was subsequently converted into a popular bank back in 1918. Apple worked hard to restore many of the bank’s original elements, calling the finished product a “marriage between the historic building and the latest in technology.

via Fortune


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