Brtish architecture firm Foster + Partners is the obvious go-to for flashy, tech-fabulous buildings. Staying true to this style, is the new Apple store in Hangzhou, China. Blending in with the other stores' designs of translucent boxes glowing with innovation, this one stands out with one special feature: it has no columns and seems to have a free-floating second floor.
Pushing the limits of modern structural engineering, the store's ceilings are almost 50 feet high, with glass panels reaching from floor to ceiling without anything in between. To do so, Norman Foster's firm had to push the limits in glass manufacturing to get 11 seamless panes. “Every aspect of the store has been optimized, minimized, and de-cluttered,” say the architects. It takes a lot of work to look that simple. Read More