To: Tim Cook
CEO, Apple Inc.
Dear Mr. Cook,
Thank you for hiring our firm to design your latest Apple Store, to be built at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. We feel the majestic location will showcase the elegance of Apple’s products, once the breathtaking natural beauty has been covered in blond wood and brushed steel.
We believe you’ll find our new Apple Store designs to be as magical and revolutionary as your devices, and priced at a similar 25 percent premium.
Let me point out several of our designs’ most remarkable features. Yes, other electronics stores have had staircases before, but we call our innovative new system of vertical transportation FeetTime. It is truly the most futuristic way to connect people, providing one of those people is at the bottom of the stairs and the other at the top.
Additionally, our new Apple Store includes a breakthrough new feature—a personal assistant that displays your products at a more convenient height for customers. Other stores call them tables; we call them ground-Siris.
Of course, no Apple Store would be complete without a protective Apple Store rubberized cover. You’ll want to protect the gleaming glass windows from scratches, because if any of them break, they can’t be repaired individually. You will have to purchase a new Apple Store at full price.
Which brings us to AppleStoreCare. All of our construction materials are insured for a standard period of one year from the date of completion, but for a low fee we’ll insure your new Apple Store for two additional years. If you experience any problems with your store during that time, simply bring it to the nearest Apple Store Store to have it serviced.
You can choose from three similar architectural models, each at a different price point, although most customers get the middle one and add more restrooms. Installation is only $25,000 per stall if you use our licensed installers. You can install them yourself, but that will void the warranty.
We hope you will find these three models satisfactory. However, if you wait a few months, we might release newer stores with larger doorways and more counter space. Or maybe the buildings will get tapered edges. (We won’t tell!)
Let us know which design you prefer, and we’ll begin construction immediately in our Apple Store factory in Guangdong province, China. Please note: Occasionally a factory worker tries to escape by hiding in the air ducts, so before opening you will want to have the building checked out by an Apple Duct Genius.
Thank you for your continued interest in our services.
This piece originally appeared in the architecture journal CLOG : APPLE.