They removed the Post-its "because they detracted from the building's design". Inside are work spaces, dubbed "pods", also made with a lot of glass.
In order to help mitigate the issue, many employees started to use Post-it notes to remind others that there's glass ahead. Maybe Apple employees, and all of us, should all just stop focusing so much on our phones, stay present in the moment, and walk looking straight ahead. Collisions have been one very clear downside of Apple's $427 million spaceship office in Cupertino, according to a story out of Bloomberg. Apparently, Apple called for precision levels more akin to iPhone assembly specifications than the 1/8th of an inch deviation that's standard in the construction industry.
According to California law, "employees shall be protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings", so the Labor Code reads. They asked not to be identified discussing anything related to Apple. The building's design was crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, taking major cues from Apple co-founder Steve Job's vision for the new headquarters. In doing so, however, it has probably further reduced the likelihood of people seeing that there's actually glass in front of them.
Originally a Steve Jobs' idea, the structure was hailed as a "statement of openness, of free movement". "While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come", Apple CEO Tim Cook said a year ago.
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Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable. It's not entirely clear how many such incidents have occurred, though people who are supposedly familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that this is something that has happened repeatedly since the campus opened.
But no incidents have been registered with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
As you'd expect, Apple isn't commenting and won't let the general public into the building.