From an October 2016 story for Bloomberg by Mark Gurman:
The new building features open floor plans and few traditional
offices. While some of Apple’s senior vice presidents are expected
to see their offices move over to the new campus — less than a
five minute drive from the current headquarters — management must
be at a vice president level or above to get a formal office, one
of the people said. Previous plans included office space for
senior directors, who report to vice presidents. Another person
said that some employees below vice president will be eligible for
The new campus will include bench seating, long work tables, and
open cubicle spaces, potentially irking employees used to quiet
office environments, two people briefed on the new campus’s plans
said. Apple’s presentations to the city of Cupertino have
indicated that the open floor plan designs are conducive to
collaboration between teams.
From yesterday’s (aforelinked) story for Reuters by Julia Love:
The campus is something of an exception to the trend of radically
open offices aimed at fostering collaboration, said Louise
Mozingo, a professor and chair of the Department of Landscape
Architecture and Environmental Planning at U.C. Berkeley.
So which is it? I can’t believe Apple would attempt to stick their employees at benches and long work tables, but if they did, that would certainly be a “radically open office”. I suspect Gurman blew this one.
Update: Listening to some little birdies chirp, it sounds like there’s some truth to all of the above.
★ Wednesday, 8 February 2017