While in the middle of its major retail expansion across China, Apple continues to move forward in terms of progression with its latest flagship outlet in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing. The company recently took down the scaffolding surrounding the new store’s dramatic cylindrical entrance. The all-glass cylinder seems to stand roughly 30 feet high according to the photos that were published by the ifoAppleStore. The stand will likely hold a staircase and elevator for the expansive underground location, much like the entrance which sits atop the company’s Pudong store in Shanghai.

The new flagship outlet in Chongqing’s Guotai Plaza will be the company’s fourth shot at combining an underground space with a landmark above the ground much like the stores in New York, Shanghai and Istanbul. Of those, the Istanbul location is the only one that doesn’t feature a functional entrance in the above-ground portion.

For those of you that didn’t already know, Apple previously won the patent on the glass cylinder design suggesting that it is one of the company’s most treasured trademarks.

As of right now, the opening date of the new Chongqing store remains unknown. That being said, it will be quickly followed by a third outlet in the city which is seemingly under construction at the competing MixC shopping center. The Cupertino California company is planning to triple its retail presence in China considering that it is an increasingly important market for Apple.

Source: ifoAppleStore