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Apple's Excellence In Design Leads To Employees Smacking Into Glass Walls

18 February 2018

Inside this space, there are "pods", and as employees, who appear to be always distracted by their iPhones, walk about, they often crash into these panels. 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.

Employees at Apple's brand new Apple Park "Spaceship" campus are the masterminds behind some of the world's most advanced consumer technology. It seems Apple didn't think about that and employees have been walking into glass walls unaware they are there. Cook said at the company's annual shareholder meeting earlier this week that the public won't ever be allowed to see the inside without an Apple badge, and authorities have been called for at least one trespassing complaint in the early days of the new headquarters, according to the records.

The campus in Cupertino, named for its extraterrestrial-style design, also has 45-foot high curved glass windows surrounding the entire building. After the incidents, employees began using Post-its to mark where walls are, but the sticky notes were reportedly removed "because they detracted from the building's design".

When asked to comment about the head-smacking incidents, an Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass. The building is circular in shape featuring marvels of architectural concepts.

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People in glass offices should probably watch where they're going. "The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk", Ive told Wired in May.

Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows.

An 83-year-old woman sued Apple in 2012 when she broke her nose after walking into an Apple Store's glass door. And therein lies the problem- Apple employees keep crashing into the fancy glass windows, which calls into the question the safety of the design.

Apple's Excellence In Design Leads To Employees Smacking Into Glass Walls