Glass building at Apple headquarters causing headaches for employees

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

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

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.

Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, are a stunning architectural achievement, built with more than 3,000 enormous curved glass panes - and that's just on the outside. The building, crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, immortalized a vision that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had years earlier.

A massive ring-shaped office largely made of glass is the centerpiece of Apple's campus.

"The workspaces and parklands are created to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment", said Apple CEO Tim Cook previous year.

Too immersed in their iPhones, the employees repeatedly ran into the glass-walled workspaces, Bloomberg reports. Unfortunately, these papers reportedly disappear because "they detract from the building's design"-perhaps removed by agents of Apple's Gestapo wearing invisibility cloaks?" However, another worker said other markings were already in place to identify the glass. After the unveiling of the first look, the campus architecture was praised by fans and publications for its sleek appearance. Wired magazine, first to pay a visit at its opening previous year, described the structure as a "statement of openness, of free movement", in contrast to Apple's typically insular culture.

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends
People Keep Walking Into Glass at Apple Park

People in glass offices should probably watch where they're going.

"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Ive said in an interview with Wired Magazine.

KTVU reached out to Apple for a comment and has not yet heard back.

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. A tweet by Kenn Durrence in January also suggested "seven people injured themselves" by walking into glass doors.

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