Apple Park employees reportedly smacking into new headquarters' glass walls

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

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To mitigate the accidents, many staff members took to sticking Post-It notes onto the glass doors to make their existence more apparent. Apple CEO Tim Cook told 60 Minutes in 2015 that "the quality and the size" of the 3000 sheets of glass that have been used at the headquarters "are above all that has ever been accomplished". But the visual warnings were removed because they detracted from the office's sleek design. In a few cases, customers have lodged legal complaints against Apple on health and safety grounds for walking into Apple's trademark glass architectures.

Apparently, Apple workers keep walking into Apple Park's nifty glass walls. The building, crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, immortalized a vision that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had years earlier. Jobs has been credited for coming up with the glass pods, created to mix solo office areas with more social spaces.

During its opening past year, Apple designer Jony Ive told Wired that the structure is a "statement of openness, of free movement", as opposed to Apple's culture of secrecy.

"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Jony Ive told Wired after the opening previous year. It's all that distracted walking, from the very people who made the iPhone!

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When asked to comment about the head-smacking incidents, an Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. It's also not clear how many workers have had run-ins with the walls.

The problem stems from Apple's extensive use of glass in constructing the buildings on the campus.

Housing around 13,000 employees, Apple Park, as the headquarters is known, is a futuristic feat of engineering that contains the world's largest piece of curved glass. In late 2011, 83-year-old Evelyn Paswall walked into the glass wall of an Apple store, breaking her nose. No bodily injuries could justify a goddamn Post-It note on his glass. The suit was settled without any cost to Apple, according to a legal filing in early 2013.

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