Union Square is going to get a lot more interesting once Apple completes their new store build out. We recently made our way to the intersection of Post and Stockton Street where crews were busily dismantling the old triangle shaped Levi’s building to make way for the new retail store front. Major concerns with Apple’s Union Square store, which included removal of Ruth Asawa’s fountain, avian collision risks, and loss of large trees were primarily mitigated last year by building redesigns and environmental study approvals. With the obstacles cleared, permits were issued to Pepper Construction with noticeable development work commencing late last year. Our recent visit showed crews on cherry pickers slowly disassembling the Levi building’s facade panels and steel frame.
The new building, architected by Foster + Partners, will have a boxy profile, dramatic large glass entrance, and stand at a maximum of 63 feet. Depending on your mood, the design can either be a stylish architectural example of art, technology, and austerity, or a cookie cutter Apple Store look-alike resembling a toaster oven. Regardless of design tastes, the building’s relatively large footprint, glassy entrance, and Apple’s overall ability to attract crowds to their stores should further infuse life and energy to an increasingly busy Union Square area.