Elevating the Discourse: Public Toilets pt. 2

Zhejiang Public Toilet, 2009

architect: DNA

location: Jinhua (CN)

Set amidst a “who’s who” in Jinhua Architecture Park, these minimal concrete forms allow ventilation and sunlight into the bathrooms. The simple bent, repeated and rotated, creates a rather intriguing effect.

Aurland WC, 2005

foto: flickr user augen.blick

architect: Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen

location: Aurland (NO)

This toilet was part of a fascinating program allowing several up-and-coming Norwegian firms to build stunning projects along the Nasjonale turistveger (National tourist routes). Near the incredible viewing platform completed at the same time, this folly pairs a kiosk and toilet that gently jut out over the landscape. The concrete provides an interesting contrast and durable outer shell to the wooden partitions. Looking out at fjords while squatting must be a proud moment for Norwegians. Additional plans and photos on archdaily.

Amager Strandpark Bunkers, 2005

foto: flickr user cphark

foto: flickr user cphark

foto: flickr user bart van damme

architect: Hasløv & Kjærsgaard Arkitektfirma

location: Copenhagen (DK)

Completed in 2005, the Amager Strandpark is a manmade island just a short ride from the city center. The comfort stations are paired with showers, kiosks or information centers. These “bunkers” are phenomenal and provide multiple functions (a major bonus, in our eyes) – as meeting points, lounge/skating areas and especially as observation points. The ‘superdutch’ graphics also help identify where you are on the nearly 3 mile island. There are many reasons to have Copenhagen-envy, awesome toilets is definitely one of them.

Gravesend Public Toilet, 2007

architect: Plastik Architects Ltd

location: Gravesend (UK)

This incredible landmark features an intensely inverted concrete pyramid that forms the roof. It is held off the exterior walls, creating a clerestory that provides a sliver of natural light to the interior. While we’re typically not huge fans of paint, the Corbusian treatment of the interior color looks good. The roof is pretty amazing – it’s hard to believe this is actually a toilet. Can we have more of these, please?