Apple's genius employees keep running into glass walls

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends

Apple's New Spaceship HQ Building Has Glass Walls So Clear Employees Are Taking Headers

The glass panes aren't easily noticeable, especially to employees who are glued to their iPhone. 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.

The extent of the problem and any steps taken to address it are hard to determine, as Apple keeps a tight lid on the new campus. Which makes the following understandable: Employees inside the new Apple Park headquarters keep walking into the circular building's many curved glass walls.

The Apple design guru Jony Ive considers Apple Park to be a masterpiece of design. It officially opened to Apple employees earlier this year, supplanting the 1 Infinite Loop campus as the company's main seat of power.

Bloomberg said staff have started putting Post-Its on the glass doors to mark their presence.

Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable. Unfortunately, these papers reportedly disappear because "they detract from the building's design"-perhaps removed by agents of Apple's Gestapo wearing invisibility cloaks?" This was to make everyone feel connected-everyone can see everyone else even when they are in their own offices-called "pods" in Apple-speak.

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The building is created to house some 13,000 employees. Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass.

But no incidents have been registered with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The construction team pushed back, but Apple held firm.

It's not the first time Apple's penchant for glass in buildings has caused problems.

This does, however, reflect a story from 2012, in which an 83-year-old woman filed suit against the company after injuring herself after bumping into a glass surface at an Apple Store. But that very statement of "openness" and "free movement" of Apple's headquarters design is getting in the way of all those busy employees who keep smacking into the lovely glass walls.

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