Surrounding the Cupertino, California-based building are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass. Inside are work spaces, dubbed "pods", also made with a lot of glass. That's resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents. As a remedy, employees stuck Post-It notes to the walls to make them easier to see. They are created to foster collaboration among the 13,000 Apple employees it houses.
"Steve's vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us".
The pods are created to encourage more open and social working than the traditional, stifling office cubicle. The facility was designed by Norman Foster and opened to employees in April 2017.
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During its opening a year ago, 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. In addition, another source within Apple told Time that there actually are markings on some of the glass panes. "We've achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy".
An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. A Silicon Valley-based spokeswoman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration referred questions about Apple's workplace safety record to the government agency's website. 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.
People in glass offices should probably watch where they're going. In late 2011, 83-year-old Evelyn Paswall walked into the glass wall of an Apple store, breaking her nose. The suit, which was later settled out of court, claimed the company "was negligent ... in allowing a clear, see-through glass wall and/or door to exist without proper warning".