Public toilets have a poor reputation globally. It’s just how it is. You use only if desperate and you get out of there as fast as possible.
One reason to avoid the germ pot is the often neglected hygiene standards. For many other people the main reason to avoid using the bathroom in public is due to safety concerns.
Well, designer Shigeru Ban has created a new kind of public toilet for Shibuya, Tokyo which arguably goes against conventional beliefs; that is because the walls are made out of glass.
“There are two concerns with public toilets, especially those located in parks,” the Foundation says.
“The first is whether it is clean inside, and the second is that no one is secretly waiting inside.”
The Foundation says, “Using a new technology, we made the outer walls with glass that becomes opaque when the lock is closed, so that a person can check inside before entering.
“At night, they light up the parks like a beautiful lantern.”
The Project will see a total of 17 public toilets renovated and transformed by 16 creators (the transparent toilets being one such creation), with Pritzker Prize winners amongst the designers.
The Nippon Foundation says the toilets aim “to dispel these misconceptions regarding public toilets.”
“The designers will use advanced design to make them accessible for everyone regardless of gender, age, or disability, to demonstrate the possibilities of an inclusive society.”
The transparent toilets have been open to the public since August 5.
What do you think about this idea? How would you make public toilets feel more safe?