Apple Park has one flaw: Employees keep walking face-first into the clear glass panes

“The centerpiece of Apple Inc.’s new headquarters is a massive, ring-shaped office overflowing with panes of glass, a testament to the company’s famed design-obsessed aesthetic,” Mark Bergen reports for Bloomberg. “There’s been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.”

“Surrounding the Cupertino, California-based building are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass. Inside are work spaces, dubbed “pods,” also made with a lot of glass. Apple staff are often glued to the iPhones they helped popularize,” Bergen reports. “That’s resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents.”

“Some staff started to stick Post-It notes on the glass doors to mark their presence. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building’s design, the people said,” Bergen reports. “Apple’s latest campus has been lauded as an architectural marvel. The building, crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, immortalized a vision that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had years earlier. In 2011, Jobs reportedly described the building “a little like a spaceship landed.” Jobs has been credited for coming up with the glass pods, designed to mix solo office areas with more social spaces. ”

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33 Comments

      1. It amazes me there is not a massive body count of people who spend their lives with their head buried in a cell phone. I commonly see people with white Apple earbuds in and looking down (texting) while driving in traffic.

        How many of you have had to hit your horn to get some asshole in front of you to look up and realize the light is now green? See it almost every day.

        More amazing are people with CarPlay and an iPhone who are holding a Damn phone and talking into it while driving.

        Apple customers may as a group make more and be more educated, but average is not all.

        1. I’ve not seen the holding phone while Carplay thing. I’m not even sure how you’d be able to know that anyway. As a CarPlay user, I think the integration is great and the fact that it speaks texts rather than displaying them is great. I’ve had no problem replying verbally without ever touching my phone, etc.

          1. Some cars come with CarPlay as standard, but apparently nobody told the owner. All VWs, for example, have included CarPlay and Android Auto since at least the 2016 model year. Pretty sure that also applies to Audi- a sub of VW.

            Not everyone rips people off for CarPlay like BMW (The Ultimate Hype Machine) and Gubmint Motors.

            Interesting how Crapillac actually charges you extra for CarPlay on your overpriced Chevy SUV. When the commercial says available, it means you pay extra.

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