And It Just Hurts: Apple Employees Are Walking Into Walls

Lena Tucker
February 17, 2018

The building's design was crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, taking major cues from Apple co-founder Steve Job's vision for the new headquarters. Apple is still in the process of moving employees over to the new campus; at last count, it had permission to move in workers to 5 out of the 12 Apple Park sections.

Surrounding the building, located in Cupertino, California, are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass.

According to Bloomberg, the design is heavily focused on glass and includes work pods made out of plenty of glass.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, employees are accidentally walking into glass walls while walking within the campus. They removed the Post-its "because they detracted from the building's design".

Indeed, Apple makes use of visual indicators like that at its One Infinite Loop campus already. In 2011, Jobs reportedly described the building "a little like a spaceship landed".

The pods are created to encourage more open and social working than the traditional, stifling office cubicle.

The transparent design looks flawless and attractive, but it is also resulting in cases of distracted employees smacking into the panes.

Originally a Steve Jobs' idea, the structure was hailed as a "statement of openness, of free movement".

"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Jony Ive told Wired after the opening a year ago.

Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable. Apple did not provide comment in time for publication.

As someone who regularly runs into stuff, I can personally confirm that walls, not people are to blame in this situation, and likely the whole things is more a source of brief personal embarrassment for those involved.

So far, MarketWatch reports, there have been no complaints to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

It's hard to imagine a more metaphor-packed scenario than Apple's products distracting its employees as they weave through a perfectly designed office and bang their faces into glass walls.

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