By Benjamin Cost
Despite recently approving an app that’s a roadmap to prostitution and being sued for copyright infringement, Apple has maintained that it’s a classy company by winning a patent for a handsome new design for its Shanghai store. This towering glass cylinder centered in Shanghai’s Lujiazui area features an Apple logo that appears suspended in space within the structure, and a shallow moat which rings the complex. The design has drawn comparisons to glass cube of New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple, store and we’d even say it seems like a more commercial version of I.M. Pei’s glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had a hand in the project, and the tower’s sleek, airy appearance like that of an iPhone or iPad certainly attests to that. Our only hope is that this seemingly flimsy structure will be able to withstand the onslaught of a scalper stampede come time for the release of the next iPhone, especially if they’re wielding eggs.