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Apple to Open First Store in Malaysia

Three-level domed locale is in downtown Kuala Lumpur

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Apple’s soon-to-open store in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Courtesy of Apple

Apple (Cupertino, Calif.) will soon open its first store in Malaysia. Slated to open June 22 is Apple The Exchange TRX, in Kuala Lumpur’s new Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), its international financial district.

“We live for moments when we can surprise and delight our customers, and we’re excited to do that in Malaysia with the opening of our first store in the country, Apple The Exchange TRX,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s SVP of Retail. “Being able to support and directly connect with a new community is always a special experience for our retail teams, and we can’t wait to welcome customers to this beautiful space designed for discovery, creativity and shopping for the world’s most innovative products.”

Apple The Exchange TRX connects the mall’s central atrium to a lush rooftop park that wraps around the store’s upper level. Emitting a warm glow at night, the 3D layered roof consists of horizontal glass panels and shading blades to reduce the sun’s rays. A central glazed oculus brings daylight into the interior and includes a dynamic artificial-lighting feature.

Inside, a sculptural quartz and glass staircase connects the three levels. The Forum, home to Today at Apple programming, is located on a floating deck that joins up with the mall, while the upper level directly connects with the edge of the park, bringing daylight and greenery into the store through a continuous glass façade.

The store’s materials palette includes natural stone walls, polished stainless-steel columns, light terrazzo floors and a timber ceiling. As is the case with all Apple facilities, the new store runs on 100% renewable energy and is carbon neutral.

In all, Apple has about 530 stores worldwide; roughly half of those are in the U.S.

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