Apple Park Employees Keep Running Into Glass Walls

18 February, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends

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. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building's design, the people said.

Apple Park campus, which was slated to open in April 2017, was open to employees early this year.

California health and safety law requires employers to protect their workforce "against the hazard of walking through glass" by installing barriers or conspicuous markings, leading to speculation Apple could be fined for violating workplace regulations.

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Apple's new spaceship Apple Park headquarters is a one of a kind building that is designed in a completely different way.

Recognizing the problem, employees began to put sticky notes on glass doors so employees would know they were there. 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 massive ring-shaped Apple Park campus in Cupertino houses around 13,000 employees. Inside, work spaces known as "pods" also have glass walls and doors created to foster a culture of openness. Wired magazine, first to pay a visit at its opening past year, described the structure as a "statement of openness, of free movement", in contrast to Apple's typically insular culture.

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"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Jony Ive told Wired after the opening previous year. "The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk".

MarketWatch asked Apple for comment on the issue and any mitigations it has sought to enact.

As someone who regularly runs into stuff, I can personally confirm that walls, not people are to blame in this situation, and likely the whole things is more a source of brief personal embarrassment for those involved. After all, Apple has already been sued by a customer who walked into the glass of an Apple store in 2011.

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All in all, we can see that glass has been a major component in the Apple Park campus.



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