Apple’s first store in Kyoto draws inspiration from local design

Apple’s first retail location in the Japanese city of Kyoto opens this Saturday. Ahead of its grand opening, Apple has shared some new photos and details about the multi-floor store.

It was just over a week ago that Apple replaced construction barriers outside of Kyoto’s Zero Gate shopping complex with intricate window coverings themed after woven bamboo. Both the physical signage and a comprehensive digital campaign spanning wallpapers, animations, Apple Music playlists, and more promoted a grand opening date of August 25th.

The window graphics enjoyed a short stay on Shijo Street, swiftly peeled away early this morning to reveal the interior of Kyoto’s first store. A large, lighted Apple logo on the fourth floor of the building was also uncovered.

Apple says the building’s architecture was designed to be in harmony with its environment:

Apple Kyoto’s architecture takes inspiration from local design and materials, with the upper levels clad in a translucent envelope inspired by Japanese lanterns. The use of lightweight timber frame and special paper on the upper facade also draw reference to the country’s traditional houses.