Apple’s brand new spaceship-style headquarters in Cupertino, California, is nothing short of spectacular.
The innovative campus was designed to be the home base for over 13,000 Apple employees. In addition to a stunning exterior, the interior is equally incredible, boasting a 100,000 sq ft fitness center, a 4,000 person capacity cafe, nearly national park status scenic views and, of course, state-of-the-art technology within.
Officially named Apple Park, the enormous circular four-story building cost a whopping $5 billion.
The building itself is truly incredible, as it features the largest and heaviest single piece of curved glass to ever be used on a building.
But after welcoming employees just one month ago, it turns out that this architectural wonder has one glaring drawback: transparent walls.
Of course, this was all according to building plans. However, the walls of the aesthetically-focused tech building are so clear that doorways are nearly indistinguishable.
The extensive glass circles the entire building, and was specially treated to achieve a very specific level of transparency.
The tech giant was apparently warned that such transparent glass could pose a pretty big issue — people wouldn’t be able to distinguish the clear walls from the clear automatic doors.
And it seems like Apple should have heeded that warning. So far, the “best office building in the world,” has seen three known employees injure themselves by walking straight into the glass walls.
All three injuries resulted in a 911 call and each of the injured being taken to the hospital afterwards.
Two of the calls seemed a bit more serious than the other, leaving two employees bleeding above their eyebrows.
“We had an individual who ran into a glass wall pane and they hit their head. They have a small cut on their head and they are bleeding, slightly disoriented,” security told the 911 dispatcher.
A second call left an employee with a similar cut, this one potentially requiring stitches.
“There’s a cut on the eyebrow,” security told them “According to our, let’s call it, first aid certified personnel it looks like it’s going to (require) stitches.”
The third incident, however, was much more laughable than the others. The third employee even got on the phone to speak with the dispatcher, explaining the “silly” mistake he made.
“Um, I walked into a glass door on the first floor of Apple Park when I was trying to go outside, which was very silly,” said the employee. “I didn’t walk through a glass door. I walked into a glass door.”
It seems Apple has begun to address the issue, reportedly placing rectangular stickers on the glass to help them stand out, staring with the doors.
Perhaps it’s all just part of their plan to show how truly groundbreaking and durable the latest iPhone glass is.
Apple may have even predicted their future issues in an original iPhone X advertisement, as a man is seen walking straight into their “most durable glass ever.”
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