Apple’s vision of itself apparently includes impressive expanses of glass, water, and its own electronics – a modern tabernacle of technology in downtown Walnut Creek.
That the store should choose the ultra-sleek look and feel of modern architecture to showcase its product line would come as no surprise as the company moves to freshen up its existing storefronts (with the old Walnut Creek location really just a few doors down from the new) in the country and around the world.
The Walnut Creek store opening is calendared for July 28 at 10 a.m., two days after the firm christens its Apple Piazza Liberty location in Milan – and don’t think there’s no pressure attached to bringing a sleek new tech outlet and planting it squarely amidst Italy’s 16th century architectural wonders.
Techies and architects alike have been interested in the building’s design since news of its arrival in Walnut Creek first began to surface – along with teasingly glistening renderings of its construction – more than a year ago. By all accounts the structure is expected to live up to Apple’s vision of itself as a modernized Town Square, a place for a community to gather, connect, and, presumably, to shop.
Construction Screen Peepers haven’t had to work too hard to get an idea of what’s ahead for the city and its residents as the floor-to-ceiling glass windows (currently as common in new construction as avocado-green bathroom fixtures were in the 1960s) began to go in after its foundational steel frame was put in place. Other design aficionados have taken note of the tall, planked ceilings and some landscaping, apparently in place to help soften the edges of all that glass and to make the place more inviting to visitors.
And although Apple has yet to be officially listed among the Plaza’s high-profile occupants, when christened they will take their place next to locals like Tesla and Amazon, among others when all is said and done – while still a short walk down S. Main to their old location next to Tiffany’s.