Apple's New Glass Spaceship Headquarters Discourages Distracted Walking

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends

That is exactly what's supposedly happening to "distracted" Apple employees at the company's new futuristic ring-shaped headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The 13,000 or so employees who work in the building have to closely watch where they are going, Fortune reports. I don't expect the people designing cutting-edge hardware and software to be walking into glass walls; that's the kind of behavior I expect from birds.

And yet, after all that effort, even while Apple Park is undoubtedly an impressive neo-futurist structure, it does have this comical flaw. One of the biggest design features contributing to Apple's aesthetics is the 45-foot tall curved transparent safety panels and the cubicles, walls, and doors all made of glass.

If Apple will not act soon, some employees may take legal action for the workplace violation. 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. Wired magazine, first to pay a visit at its opening past year, described the structure as a "statement of openness, of free movement", in contrast to Apple's typically insular culture.

The Apple design guru Jony Ive considers Apple Park to be a masterpiece of design.

Employees at Apple's brand new Apple Park "Spaceship" campus are the masterminds behind some of the world's most advanced consumer technology.

Steve Jobs asked British architect Norman Foster and his firm to design Apple's new headquarters in 2006. "The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk". Apple did not provide comment in time for publication.

It is not clear how many incidents there have been, but at least seven people were reportedly injured on the first day after staff moved in. Thankfully, there are no reports of injuries at the campus on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website.

The "dumbass walks into a glass door" bit is so hack that it was on Two and a Half Men before Charlie Sheen went all AIDS-crazy and tried to strangle Chuck Lorre or whatever.

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