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

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

And yet, after all that effort, even while Apple Park is undoubtedly an impressive neo-futurist structure, it does have this comical flaw.

"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Jony Ive told Wired after the opening a year ago.

The campus in Cupertino, named for its extraterrestrial-style design, also has 45-foot high curved glass windows surrounding the entire building.

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. And according to a new report from Bloomberg, the glass is so flawless and unobtrusive that employees keep walking into it. Bloomberg reports that some employees who might not have been paying 100% attention to where they are walking have accidentally walked into the clear glass internal walls of the pods that make up Apple Park.

It's hard to imagine a more metaphor-packed scenario than Apple's products distracting its employees as they weave through a perfectly designed office and bang their faces into glass walls.

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Although the campus opened last September for the 10th anniversary iPhone introduction, it was done under a temporary occupancy permit, and Apple employees just started moving in last month. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building's design, the people said.

Indeed, Apple makes use of visual indicators like that at its One Infinite Loop campus already. For now, don't text and walk, Apple employees. "The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk", Ive told Wired in May. It's not clear how many incidents there have been.

Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows.

People in glass offices should probably watch where they're going. She sued the company, arguing it should have posted a warning on the glass.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

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