The first photographs of Apple’s new flagship store in Australia have begun to sprout online ahead of its scheduled opening this Friday. The store is located in the famous MacArthur Chambers, a 10-story building built between 1931 and 1934 that became an important part of the country’s history when it was chosen as a base of operations by General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces on the South Pacific Front during World War II, in July 1942.
As far as we can see in the images, this Apple Store joins the select club of the best emblematic stores on the block with such exceptional examples as the Opéra in Paris or Convent Garden in London, two mandatory stops if you visit these cities even if you have no intention of making any purchase.
The refurbishment and restoration work on the store has taken nearly three years and when it opens its doors next Friday 17th at 10am it will be the 21st Apple Store in kangaroo country (and koalas, don’t forget the koalas). If the store looks this good in these mobile photos, wait for the official ones.