The proposed Apple Store that will be taking over the Pioneer Court plaza space in front of 401 N. Michigan Avenue has received its first permit for foundation construction. This means that the new store designed by Foster + Partners is officially on its way. The 20,000-square-foot store will have an entrance on Michigan Avenue, but will continue below grade where it will feature the Chicago River as its backdrop. The new design has some striking Prairie influences, with its long, flat roofline and the incorporation of a natural feature into the plan. When completed, the store will also be flanked by an outdoor staircase that will lead pedestrians to the riverwalk. Keep an eye out for construction crews and equipment — an apple is being planted at this site.
·Building permit [Chicago Cityscape]
·Norman Foster Behind New Prairie-esque Apple Store for Michigan Avenue [Curbed Chicago]