Apple Goes Back to the Drawing Board For First Boston Store

Apple was expected today to present amended designs for its first Boston store, after early plans were rejected in March because of a lack of "a sense of place," according to The Boston Globe. The Back Bay Architectural Commission had suggested that Apple "replicate or preserve the existing facade" of the building that the company wants to demolish for the store.

Apple wants to put in a three-story building with a glass facade. A spiral staircase would be placed at the center of the store, similar to the layout of other multi-story Apple retail locations.

Stephen Miller, an employee of the Boston firm representing Apple, said that the companyis new designs "take into account input weive gotten from the staff and members of the commission to tie the facade more into other buildings in the area ... They spend a lot of time with these signature stores, and they donit rush into anything."

Apple currently has Massachusetts stores in Braintree, Burlington, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, and Peabody.