Apple's Prototype Palo Alto Store Will Basically Be Inside Out, With Trees

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Mercury News found that Apple's going to kill its downtown Palo Alto store and build a crazy one one block over. Essentially, it's the California equivalent of a transparent NY cube, which means it has trees inside.

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The architectural firm responsible for the skylights that will feed the trees inside is the same one that built that transparent cube in New York, and plans to make the store 10,700 square feet and basically make the thing sort of inside out. The point? To "[minimize] the transition from outside to inside and [draw] customers in." [Mercury News via Macrumors]

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One of the most beautiful examples of trees growing through buildings was done at the 1962 Venice Biennale, by architect Sverre Fehn. The design is for the Nordic Pavilion, and through a series of concrete ribs running perpendicular to each other, light is filtered and softened as it enters through the ceiling. There were several old trees on the site- these three and another outside- and fehn chose to leave them in place and construct the pavilion around them.