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Apple forced to make changes to the design of its new San Francisco store

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Apple forced to make changes to the design of its new San Francisco store
Last month, Apple filed a plan to move the Apple Store in San Francisco to a tony location in Union Square. While city officials seemed to be happy with Apple's plans, not everyone was ecstatic. The plans call for Apple to dismantle a water fountain sculpture which did not go over well with the inhabitants of San Francisco. And now, the city's Planning Department has a list of changes that they want Apple to follow.

It seems that one thing that city officials are nervous about is a huge glass wall that will be located along the front of the store. They want Apple to break up the glass area by adding textures or colors to it. As for the fountain, the officials would rather that Apple work it into the design of the store rather than pull it out like a weed. Additionally, the Preliminary Project Assessment (which you can read by clicking on the sourcelink), notes that the store is within 300 feet of an "Urban Bird Refuge" which means that certain regulations must be adhered to including the use of minimal lighting and the banning of event searchlights.

"There's too much glass on Post Street and too much metal on Stockton. The plaza that would accompany it needs a friendlier entrance. Planners also want the project to include a circular bronze fountain by Ruth Asawa that is the centerpiece of the plaza now on the block."-From San Francisco's preliminary project assessment on Apple's project

Surely this isn't the kind of bureaucratic nonsense that Apple CEO Tim Cook needs to occupy his time, as the executive has some other worries on his mind. Then again, now that it appears that Apple has finally divorced Samsung, the executive might have some time to deal with the fountain issue. San Francisco mayor Ed Lee had high praise for the plans when he first saw them, but says he was unaware that the fountain, made by San Francisco artist Ruth Asawa, would have to be removed. Mayor Lee hints that a decision will soon be made as to the fate of the fountain. Stay tuned.

Artist's rendering of Apple's new Union Square store in San Francisco

Artist's rendering of Apple's new Union Square store in San Francisco


source: SFPreliminaryProjectAssessmenmt, MacRumors via SlashGear

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posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:12 2

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Good. They should of use concrete instead of glass like their phones. Anyone can easily rob a Apple store.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:42 11

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8708; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You actually think Apple stores get robbed so easily? They have security up the --- protecting the store lol.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:46 6

5. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTZl_ng_8T8

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:55 8

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8708; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I knew someone was going to reply with this video. But again, how often do their stores get robbed?

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:12

9. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Two things though:
1- Criminals are opportunists; there are plenty of people willing enough to show off their iPhone ripe for the picking versus a harder secured target.
and
2- Purely speculation here, but based on the company's normal practices and tactics they'd do their best to keep reports of any store thefts suppressed as much as possible to prevent any negative public perception or safety concerns so they don't lose sales.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:04 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 11988; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple stored don't really get robbed, more like broken I to after hours dude. Burglary, and robbery are two different crimes. As Smurf said, there's too much security to try to rob one. That's why people wait, and burglarize them. Gadget continues to insert foot ----->:D

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:05

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 11988; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Into.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 12:52

20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm sure that goods in Apple store are covered by insurance, that's mean Apple has nothing to lose even if goods will be stolen. ;)

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:17

2. Insignificant (Posts: 190; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Nothing Cook can't get his way with. What's the going rate to bribe officials to allow violating the conditions an urban bird sanctuary has?

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 08:26 1

3. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1151; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Next to Tiffany will be a much better and more visible location. It never made sense for that store to be half a block off the square. As for the fountain, knowing Apple, they will pay to have it relocated, undamaged, enough so that they can build and everyone is happy.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 09:50 1

7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1843; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"Surely this isn't the kind of bureaucratic nonsense that Apple CEO Tim Cook needs to occupy his time..."

Ugh... Someone true colors are showing.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 09:58 1

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Looks out of place to the surroundings.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:33

10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3754; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's supposed to stand out. Apple Store is far more grand than any other lame store.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:50 5

11. ZeroCide (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Stand out or look stupid. if a Quake happens in frisco the apple store will come down. Which would probably be no big loss.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:01 3

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 11988; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If a quake happens that's strong enough, everything is coming down. Bad example Zero.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 15:47

27. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


That's okay .... if it does come down we can all chip in and send the Frisco store some krAziGlue so they can put all the pieces back together.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 10:53 1

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8708; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Not true. Visit downtown Chicago and you'll see some of the best looking stores everywhere, from the 2 floor Puma Store to the huge Nike store.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:10 1

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5876; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Mxy is a bit biased, if you haven't noticed.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 11:35 1

17. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Mxy is always biased. Well, not always, but most of the times.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 13:29

22. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


just butt hurt that he knows the s4 is better and apple guys have no brains to make there own stuff look at pass 6 years everything looks the same as model before it

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 12:03 1

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 11988; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


He's rite though Doug. The design is supposed to stand out.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 12:46

19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Very true. Fortunately there's a ton of stores that aren't lame.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 16:15

28. jdoee100 (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Their new store looks good, but they need new products, not new stores. Without new products(and I don't mean 5S), their store is just a hollow hall.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 13:26 6

21. jacko1977 (Posts: 394; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i walked into a apple store in sydney and a sales rep walked up and said can i help you i said i wanna buy the best phone in the world then she said we have 3 storage memory of iphone 5 16gb 32gb 64gb i was like wwwhhhaaattt sorry i said im after the samsung galaxy s4 & note 2 and i can add sd card so i have storage over 64gb not that p.o.s she asked me to leave lol

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 13:43

23. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1627; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Made my day! LMFAO

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 15:45 1

26. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Must've been the same canary cΠnt who threw me out.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 20:27 1

29. quakan (Posts: 1199; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


You sound like the douches that go to Walmart stores then tell employees who simply work the store stocking and helping guests, "Oh, Target is better because of blah blah blah." I always feel bad for them because I know in their mind they're thinking, "Idgaf, I just work here".

I bet you went home and high-fived your buddies acting like you were such a badass that day.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 08:36 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 11988; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Exactly. Seems like jacko went to the store looking to start trouble. I'd have asked him to leave also. He seems like a mega fanboy.

posted on 30 Jun 2013, 07:29

31. monkeytown (Posts: 108; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


straight badass dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 14:48

24. Eonnaydra (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


http://www.apple.com/de/retail/kurfuerstendamm/
This store in Berlin is the best by far.

And stop hating Apple,it has the best design even with theirs stores.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 15:41

25. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Whatever they do, it will be an utter iSore to dt 'Frisco; I'm shocked the girls on the City Council went for anything that was not mission style.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 23:04

30. PermanentHiatus (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I like going to Apple stores.

You go in, leave, come back a year later and all the iGadgets stay the same.

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