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Apple Employees Keep Smacking Into Their New Headquarters' Glass Walls

     
6:23 am on Feb 17, 2018 (gmt 0)

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The centerpiece of Apple Inc.’s new headquarters is a massive, ring-shaped office overflowing with panes of glass, a testament to the company’s famed design-obsessed aesthetic.

There’s been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.

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. 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.

[time.com...]

Never understood that distracted phone thing .... but I see it all the time. Folks walking in front of buses, fountains, bike riders, other people.... But I can imagine that living in a glass house with glass walls just might make that behavior even more pronounced.
10:06 am on Feb 17, 2018 (gmt 0)

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It looks like a horrible working environment regardless. Its fairly typical of buildings that are designed to boost CEO's egos while maximising the architect's chances of winning an award while serving the purpose of the building (in this case a creating a good place to work) takes a poor third place.

it looks like it was not popular with people who had to work there anyway: [dezeen.com ]
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Way back in the 1960s, I ran down the steps, at the entrance to the Chelsea Drug Store, straight into the glass divider, between the glass doors.....
Ouch..... painful for my nose and for my ego.....
 

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