Tales from open office land: staff keeps smashing into the glass walls of the new Apple Park HQ

The open office environment that is all the rage these days is supposed to encourage transparency and collaboration, and keeps being propagated despite multiple studies that prove the contrary. It seems that said transparency has been taken to new heights in the new Apple Park all-glass HQ, dubbed the Spaceship. 

According to Apple's chief designer Jony Ive, "while it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that’s not the achievement. The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk."

The thing is so transparent, however, that Apple's employees reportedly keep smashing into the glass panes that encompass their workplaces called "pods," or the huge glass wall made of 45-feet high curved sheets surrounding the building. At first, they started sticking post-its to mark where the glass began, but the management of the building removed them, as the practice took away from the desired aesthetics. 

Long story short, if there is a pun about people who live in glass houses here, Apple's engineers seem to have found it, each time they bump into the new open office culture that the Spaceship has bestowed on them.

source: Bloomberg

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18 Comments

2. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

They aren't walking right.

10. audibot

Posts: 679; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

cant wait to see all the law suits

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They're Apple employees, they have no rights.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

#glassgate

4. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

The only thing that could help them is to buy Apple glasses

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I personally hate that sort of work environment. I used to have that kind of office and it always felt like sitting in the middle of a street with people going by, peeking in my 'private' room and laughing at the weird faces I make when I'm highly consrntrated on my work. Open workspace means you have to always look 'presntable' and have to maintain focus on your sitting posture and facial expressions. As for me, I used to have to think twice before farting (I'm dead serious) as I sometimes have 'gas problems' when I consume certain edibles and if I don't fart then my head start to ache which I absolutely hate. Apple, give those poor lads their privacy. I'm sure they'll appreciate it. Privacy is a privelage. Oh well, G'Day!

7. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Ok please stop sharing your s**t that no one cares about. Tmi. Go out and get some real friends and stop trying to make iPhoneArena your life journal.

11. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You obviously care as you replied and got pissed. Just ignore his post if its annoy you so much.

16. ShadowHammer

Posts: 212; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I actually thought it was interesting to hear someone comment on actual experience in this work environment that Apple is toting. Not every comment to an article has to be some profound, direct response to the headline. At least he wasn't trolling.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6883; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Pretty sad eh? Privacy is no longer a right...but a privilege.

17. ShadowHammer

Posts: 212; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I feel ya buddy on the flatulence thing. I actually requested a different chair at my work, because the mesh one I had didn't lend itself well to private flatulence in a cubicle environment. Makes you feel pretty silly to have to go out in an empty hallway to take care of business, lol.

6. ushoda

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

They could use those apple stickers that people use to brag about having an Apple product.

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

How is this news?

15. jjwieland

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

"The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk" -- sounds like hell to me.

18. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

That has got to be some the absolute best security camera footage known to man.

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