Apple’s 175-acre spaceship campus, officially called Apple Park, features a ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot building and the world’s largest panels of curved glass. It’s a work of art, not just a place where 12,000 of Apple’s most intelligent minds create the products of tomorrow.
It’s just too bad these same employees can’t walk around Apple Park without hurting themselves. Turns out, Apple’s obsession with minimalism is making the campus a hazardous place to work.
According to a report from Bloomberg, several Apple employees have accidentally walked into Apple Park’s pristine panes of glass—and it keeps happening.
Surrounding the building, located in Cupertino, California, are 45-foot tall curves panels of safety glass. Inside are work spaces, dubbed “pods,” also made with a lot of glass. Apple staff are often glued to the iPhones they helped popularize. That’s resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents.
Employees have reportedly tried to make the glass panes more noticeable by using Post-It notes, but the notes keep getting removed “because they detracted from the building’s design,” Bloomberg’s report said.
It sounds like an SNL skit.
According to Apple, Apple Park’s openness provides employees with the opportunity to connect and collaborate. Unfortunately, some of these employees are so caught up in their work that they’re literally walking into glass. There’s a metaphor for Apple’s walled garden in there somewhere.