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Apple's New Glass Spaceship Headquarters Discourages Distracted Walking

Apple's New Glass Spaceship Headquarters Discourages Distracted Walking

But Bloomberg.com said there's been one hiccup since it opened past year.

Apple's new futuristic, nearly all-glass, Cupertino, Calif. campus may be lovely, but it's causing some problems for employees.

If there's one common theme that runs through the whole building, however, it's the use of glass. In late 2011, 83-year-old Evelyn Paswall walked into the glass wall of an Apple store, breaking her nose.

The "people familiar with the incidents" won't say how widespread a phenomenon all of this is, but there's a definite potential downside to glass walls in a setting where occupants are regularly staring down at their phones.

The new $5 billion Apple Park campus, which opened last fall, has had at least two incidents of men walking into glass and sustaining injuries that required emergency services, according to a story by MarketWatch, which did a public records request.

I'd imagine bumping into these glass panes hurt quite a lot, although it's not clear if Apple will be taking any actions to better protect employees. Right now, it is the way Apple employees get cuts and bruises.

Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, is a landmark and a testament to the company's obsession with minimalistic design.

Bloomberg reports staff have even used Post-It notes to mark the glass doors, but the notes were later taken down. "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.

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

MarketWatch asked Apple for comment on the issue and any mitigations it has sought to enact. However, these had to be removed because "they detracted from the building's design".

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


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