“Apple will officially open its retail store in Singapore on May 27, marking its first outlet in Southeast Asia and touted to be the first in the city-state to operate fully on solar power,” Eileen Yu reports for ZDNet.

“Located along Singapore’s Orchard Road shopping strip, the new two-storey retail space featured a glass facade — spanning 36.57 metres long and comprising glass panels each 14 metres high — as well as a 7.62-metres long canopy to provide shelter from the city-state’s tropical climate,” Yu reports. “The store also was flanked by two curved Castania stone staircases, which design was inspired from the Apple Park campus in Cupertino.”

Apple Orchard Road in Singapore

Apple Orchard Road in Singapore

 
“The Orchard Road site [will] join Apple’s global network of almost 500 stores worldwide,” Yu reports. “Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, said: ‘We view our stores as a modern-day town square, where visitors come to shop, be inspired, learn, or connect with others in their community.'”

Read more in the full article here.

Also, see photos of the interior of the store here.

MacDailyNews Take: Almost 500 stores now! Congrats, Singapore!