Apple Park employees reportedly smacking into new headquarters' glass walls

Apple Park employees reportedly smacking into new headquarters' glass walls

And yet, after all that effort, even while Apple Park is undoubtedly an impressive neo-futurist structure, it does have this comical flaw. "While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Jony Ive, Apple's design chief, told the magazine in May. Both had minor cuts and did not appear to need hospitalization.

It turns out that when a company loves glass buildings and also creates devices for hours of addictive personal use, sometimes it ends up with injured employees who are too distracted by the products to notice walls.

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. I don't expect the people designing cutting-edge hardware and software to be walking into glass walls; that's the kind of behavior I expect from birds.

If your Apple Watch or Macintosh laptop has a problem, you probably know to take it to the Apple Store, where their tech support people, known as "Apple Geniuses", will troubleshoot and service it for you.

Bloomberg's Mark Bergen reports on a flaw at Apple's new headquarters: Distracted employees seem to keep smacking their faces into the flawless glass panes that make up the offices' interior workspaces, and they're hurting themselves, "according to people familiar with the incidents". But they were removed as they disrupted the building's design symmetry, people familiar with the incidents said. Steve Jobs tasked celebrated British architect Norman Foster to design the company's new headquarters back in 2006 based on his own conception-a giant flawless ring to rule them all, built using giant glass panes, carbon fiber, and ground unicorn carcasses. It's not clear how many incidents there have been.

"The workspaces and parklands are created to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment", said Apple CEO Tim Cook previous year. She sued the company, arguing it should have posted a warning on the glass.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

California law says that "employees shall be protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings", but the company has not been subject to citations, according to US Occupational Safety and Health Administration data. As a remedy, employees stuck Post-It notes to the walls to make them easier to see.

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