Apple Xinyi A13 store previewed ahead of Saturday opening

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Apple on Thursday offered a sneak peek at its Apple Xinyi A13 store in Taipei ahead of its grand opening this weekend, showing off a glass and stone pavilion design that shares elements common to recent flagship locations.

The two-story outlet borrows a number of architectural cues from recent Apple store designs. A carbon fiber reinforced roof with wood inlays and recessed lighting sits atop two large stone uprights, while all-glass walls provide a wide-open feel with unobstructed views inside and through to the courtyard behind.

According to Apple, the outlet will be the first in Taiwan to host artist-led Today at Apple sessions when it opens on Saturday. A performance from singer Eve Ai will kick off a six-week Stage for Creativity series featuring creators and local artists.

Also new to Taiwan is Apple's Genius Grove, which affords customers the opportunity to work with Geniuses under a canopy of trees.

Apple notes more than half of Apple Xinyi A13 employees were recruited from stores across the region and collectively speak more than 10 languages.

Apple Xinyi A13 opens its doors on Saturday at 10 a.m. local time. Customers interested in taking part in Today at Apple sessions can visit Apple's regional webpage for more information.

The Xinyi location joins the company's first Taiwanese store, which opened two years ago in the Taipei 101 building.