New Campus' Glass Walls Giving Trouble To Apple Employees

Alyssa Bailey
February 18, 2018

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. They removed the Post-its "because they detracted from the building's design". Apple CEO Tim Cook told 60 Minutes in 2015 that "the quality and the size" of the 3000 sheets of glass that have been used at the headquarters "are above all that has ever been accomplished". MarketWatch managed to track down the public records for two such incidents involving men walking into glass and suffering cuts, one of which was confirmed to be an Apple employee.

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

The campus is nearly entirely made out of glass panes, including the workspaces ("pods") inside the building which are surrounded by glass panes. They asked not to be identified discussing anything related to Apple.

Part of that construction hold-up was down to just how demanding Apple has been with its architects, contractors, and the specialists doing the internal fit out. 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.

During its opening a year ago, Apple designer Jony Ive told Wired that the structure is a "statement of openness, of free movement", as opposed to Apple's culture of secrecy.

Apple Steve Jobs Theater
Apple Steve Jobs Theater shares the same design as the main HQ in Cupertino

"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.

Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable.

KTVU reached out to Apple for a comment and has not yet heard back. After all, Apple has already been sued by a customer who walked into the glass of an Apple store in 2011.

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. Thankfully, there are no reports of injuries at the campus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website.

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