Apple employees are walking into the 'spaceship campus' glass walls

Posted February 17, 2018

No word on whether Apple's much shorter spaceship office suffers from similar issues.

Silicon Valley is known for moving fast and breaking things, but Apple Inc. may want its employees to slow down in order to not break themselves or the company's new $5 billion headquarters. The execution has reportedly gone so well that engineers are running right into the state-of-the-art glass that shapes the building.

Apple called emergency services because some employees walked into the glass walls of its Apple Park campus, MarketWatch reports. "He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come", Apple CEO Tim Cook said previous year.

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The building is surrounded by 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass. Apple staff are often glued to the iPhones they helped popularize.

And yet, the campus seems to have a problem: People keep walking into the building's signature glass walls and doors, according to reports from Bloomberg and MarketWatch.

Some employees even came up with an interim fix to the problem of smacking their heads into the glass walls by sticking Post-It notes to mark their presence. However, these had to be removed because "they detracted from the building's design".

Apple Park was designed by famed architect Norman Foster, based on a vision by late company co-founder Steve Jobs. Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass.

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Is this a really big deal?

Indeed, Apple makes use of visual indicators like that at its One Infinite Loop campus already. As the story points out, none of the collisions have warranted a post to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Apple's new 175-acre headquarters, centred on a glass ring which hosts 12,000 staff, has become an architectural fascination since the first designs were unveiled seven years ago.

In a Reuters profile a year ago, workers and contractors described a relentless perfectionism that went into the campus' construction.

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