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Apple Store Mumbai by Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners embodies "creative spirit of Mumbai" with first Apple Store in India

UK studio Foster + Partners has unveiled the first flagship Apple Store in India, which has a ceiling made from 450,000 pieces of oak.

The Apple BKC store occupies a prominent corner of Bandra Kurla Complex, an office and shopping development in Mumbai, and is the technology brand's first flagship store in the country.

Apple BKC in Mumbai
Apple BKC is the first flagship store in India

"We are delighted to collaborate with Apple on their first flagship store in India," said Foster + Partners head of studio Stefan Behling.

"Apple BKC embodies the creative spirit of Mumbai," he continued. "The design incorporates finely crafted elements, locally sourced materials and lush greenery – to stimulate the senses and lift the spirits."

Apple Store in Mumbai
The roof was made from 450,000 pieces of oak

The triangular-shaped store is enclosed by two eight-metre-high glass walls that allow natural light into its double-height interior.

Within the main space, display tables show Apple's products while two rows of ficus trees placed in planters double as seating next to the windows.

A feature staircase made of stainless steel with two 14-meter-long glass balustrades leads to a mezzanine level overlooking this central space.

Apple Store in Mumbai
The store has stone walls from Rajasthan

According to the studio, the store's interior was designed as "a symbiosis of Apple's unique design approach with finely crafted elements and locally sourced materials".

The walls of the store, which were made from stone sourced from Rajasthan, have a fine grain that is intended to evoke the texture of luxurious Georgette fabric.

Above the store and extending to form a canopy around it is a timber ceiling, which is made with 450,000 hand-crafted oak elements that are formed into 1,000 triangular tiles.

The tiles were arranged to resemble a lattice pattern that was informed by the work of rattan weavers in Mumbai.

Detail view of Apple BKC in Mumbai
The wooden tiles are intended to resemble the work of rattan weavers

"At Apple, our customers are at the centre of everything we do, and our teams are excited to celebrate this wonderful moment with them as we open our first retail store in India," said Apple's senior vice president of retail Deirdre O’Brien.

"Apple BKC is a reflection of Mumbai's vibrant culture and brings together the best of Apple in a beautiful, welcoming space for connection and community."

Apple BKC in Mumbai is the latest retail outlet designed by Foster + Partners for the tech giant.

Other recently unveiled Apple Stores include a shop in Abu Dhabi surrounded by a stepped waterfall and a store in Los Angeles' historic Tower Theatre.

The photography is courtesy of Foster + Partners.