Taipei outlet is practice’s latest work with US tech giant

Foster + Partners’ latest Apple store in Taiwan has opened.

The firm worked in collaboration with the design team at Apple led by its chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive – who announced last week he was leaving the tech giant to set up his own venture.

The Taipei scheme has replaced a former car park with a pavilion and a public plaza.

The pavilion’s glass facades have been designed to invite people through the store to the public plaza, which is sheltered by a 23m carbon fibre roof.

It also includes sculptural staircases along with timber ceilings and trees throughout the store.

Foster + Partners has worked on numerous projects with Apple, including the visitor centre for Apple in Cupertino, California, which opened in November 2017, as well as the tech giant’s $5bn (£3.9bn) main headquarters at Apple Park at Cupertino.

But earlier this year, the architect’s plans for an Apple store in the middle of Melbourne hit the buffers after being knocked back by the city’s heritage authority.