Distracted employees are walking into glass walls in Apple's new headquarters

Posted February 18, 2018

Does Apple employees walking into glass make you feel a little better about yourself this Friday?

A sense of openness and clarity is key to the building's much-hyped design, with glass being one of the structure's main materials.

Housing 13,000 employees, the building might as well be seen as a true wonder where people feel they are free to connect and go as they please.

Although the campus opened last September for the 10th anniversary iPhone introduction, it was done under a temporary occupancy permit, and Apple employees just started moving in last month. They are created to foster collaboration among the 13,000 Apple employees it houses. Inside, work spaces known as "pods" also have glass walls and doors created to foster a culture of openness.

Apple Park, the tech titan's new Silicon Valley "spaceship" headquarters, is considered a feat of architecture and design - Apple's design chief, Jony Ive, himself led its creation.

Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, is a landmark and a testament to the company's obsession with minimalistic design. Apple apparently was not real keen on that and had them removed, as pieces of yellow paper stuck to beautifully and clear windows negatively affected the aesthetics. Wired magazine, first to pay a visit at its opening a year ago, described the structure as a "statement of openness, of free movement", in contrast to Apple's typically insular culture. "While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement".

Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable. It's also not clear how many workers have had run-ins with the walls. Apple did not provide comment in time for publication. If Apple is found to be in violation of the law, it could attract fines and implement other safety measures, according to the California Department of Industrial relations spokeswoman, MarketWatch reported.

An 83-year-old woman sued Apple in 2012 when she broke her nose after walking into an Apple Store's glass door.