Despite how dry the architecture scene looks to outsiders, the rumor mill is always a-churnin’ there. The latest whisper to be amplified over the internet? Some unnamed sources have let out that Apple has hired Foster + Partners to work on designs for its (recently trademarked) retail outlets.
If this is true, it would mean some serious design matrimony between Steve Jobs and Norman Foster’s respective empires. Foster and his firm are already working on constructing a donut-shaped UFO to house Apple employees in Cupertino, California — a contentious project for a number of reasons, not least of which involves the design team underestimating the budget by billions of dollars. With that debacle yet to be defused, it might be a good idea to keep another Foster + Apple partnership under wraps. While a spokesman for Apple refused to comment on the speculations, according to Marketing Magazine, a spokeswoman for Foster + Partners responded to the rumor by saying “[a]ny project for Apple is confidential and therefore we are unable to comment.”
Photo: Apple’s Upper West Side store in New York City, courtesy Apple, Inc.
- Kelly Chan