Tokyo transforms public toilets into transparent looking ones

Tokyo transforms public toilets into transparent looking ones

-Tokyo has renovated the face of its public toilets with an initiative named The Tokyo Toilet Project

- With 16 architects commissioned for the project, one of the goals is to totally tackle the fear associated with public restrooms

- Shigeru Ban, one of the participating architects, was able to solve the problem with a transparent looking but private toilets

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Tokyo is transforming the face of its public toilet system with a postmodern architectural design. A first user of the new facility will most definitely be amazed by the touch of genius that went into its reconstruction.

Forbes reports that public toilets are the most unlikely places anybody will want to be caught in as they are seen as untidy with dank-damp odour.

As a way to solve the general fear associated with these public and essential facilities, a non-profit organization called Nippon Foundation launched an initiative tagged The Tokyo Toilet Project.

The project asked 16 famous architects in the country to work on refurbishing 17 public toilets in public places in Shibuya, regarded as one of the busiest areas in Tokyo.

The main aim of the initiative is to make the toilet innovative and useable to people irrespective of their gender, age, and disability.

Shigeru Ban churned out the most-talked-about design as he created transparent looking restrooms that give utmost privacy to the user when the door is shut.

The units he worked in Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park and the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park employed tinted but transparent glass that comes in colours blue, yellow, lime green, cyan.

With the transparent look, an intending user will be able to see what is inside before they enter, eliminating any form of insecurity anxiety.

“There are two concerns with public toilets, especially those located in parks. The first is whether it is clean inside, and the second is that no one is secretly waiting inside. At night, they light up the parks like a beautiful lantern,” the organization explains.

Other facilities by different architects from the project are billed to open later with some as far as spring in 2021

A collage of the toilets. Photo source: Nippo Foundation
A collage of the toilets. Photo source: Nippo Foundation
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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the world’s first self-proclaimed gold-plated hotel called Dolce Hanoi Golden Lake Hotel opened for business in Vietnam. With this edifice, the face of international tourism is about to change.

The hotel is plated in 24-carat gold in its lobbies. It also features an infinity pool and rooms with all cutleries, toilet seats, showerheads in gold.

It was gathered that the building took 11 years and a whopping $200m (N77,500,000,000) to build. Coffee in the hotel is served in gold cups.


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