Of course, upon entering, I covertly snapped some pictures to help inspire or at least provide another look at minimalist planting design in the Sonoran Desert. Perhaps you can adapt something to your own space and ecoregion?
Or refine and enhance it, taking it higher! (i.e. my design bias here)
The approach is a long planter of faux cacti. A tie-in with what’s on the outside of the store, but faux is still faux.
How about sculpture feature placed in a minimal fashion, related to the living sculpture outside? That would be similar to the relationship of the interior benches to forms inside.
Outside it’s massings of fencepost cacti and aloes under date palms and ‘Desert Museum’ Palo Verde. With their low walls, this common plant treatment here provides a good start or even finish.
The building’s perforated shade canopy is the star here, with a very pleasing pattern cast onto the paving from the laser-beam sun.
Agave parryi var. truncata is used in a similar rhythm or spacing as the perforations.
Inside their roomy store’s lounge, downstairs from the main sales area up top, where one can plug in and hang out, or get assistance with their device.
No coffee or water. But a refreshing lack of being bothered by Apple staff, while taking a rest from the mall or the desert’s generous sun and warmth.
In the evening, stairs leading up and out from that lounge area come alive. Same similarly massed plantings as on the upper area facing Camelback…
The perforated canopy reveals further dimension with dusk.
The canopy reminds me of the Mac keyboards I once owned.
And those lit stairs and sitting terraces!
It seems there should be some complimentary containers and plantings, specified for the architecture and desert conditions.
Currently, the space needs to be “activated”, the buzzword-du-jour of some designers. Plants are needed, but I do not mean annuals or flower color.
A reader of my Instagram feed a few nights ago, seeing this pop up on his #marfa search, joked about a Marfa Apple store like the nearby Prada Marfa!
The stair lighting does remind me of Flavin’s interior lighting at Chinati.
No matter, it will have to be cooler, even compared to the temperatures at home, to enjoy such things in the evening. Let alone anytime soon in Scottsdale!
Do aspects of minimalism and contemporary art and architecture leave you wanting? Do you think those can be finished better or made more human, too?
110F / 91F / T or 43c / 33c / T (yes, that’s the low!)