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Distracted employees are walking into glass walls in Apple's new headquarters

Distracted employees are walking into glass walls in Apple's new headquarters

The massive new office park, nicknamed "the spaceship" for its flying-saucer-esque design, was meant to reflect the multi-billion-dollar company's unparalleled affinity for innovation.

"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. Both had minor cuts and did not appear to need hospitalization.

Steve Jobs asked British architect Norman Foster and his firm to design Apple's new headquarters in 2006.

The extent of the problem and any steps taken to address it are hard to determine, as Apple keeps a tight lid on the new campus. A report from Bloomberg today details how the company has had to call emergency services to assist multiple employees who can't help but accidentally walk into glass walls.

After the smacking accidents, employees tagged the walls with sticky notes to avoid recurrence.

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Apple completed its $5-billion, 175-acre campus a year ago. Which makes the following understandable: Employees inside the new Apple Park headquarters keep walking into the circular building's many curved glass walls.

Housing 13,000 employees, the building might as well be seen as a true wonder where people feel they are free to connect and go as they please.

With the size and facility to house almost 13,000 employees, the £3.5bn ($4.9bn) Apple Park was originally proposed by Steve Jobs shortly before his death in 2011. It's not entirely clear how many such incidents have occurred, though people who are supposedly familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that this is something that has happened repeatedly since the campus opened. In a few cases, customers have lodged legal complaints against Apple on health and safety grounds for walking into Apple's trademark glass architectures.

An 83-year-old woman sued Apple in 2012 when she broke her nose after walking into an Apple Store's glass door. In doing so, however, it has probably further reduced the likelihood of people seeing that there's actually glass in front of them.

The Independent has contacted Apple for a comment.


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