Public Toilets: Pit Stop or Architectural Marvel?
This certainly isn’t a glamorous topic, but what designers and architects do with the most mundane and uninspiring structures, such as a public toilet, says a lot about people in general. Public toilets can be found in parks, train and bus stations, department stores, fire stations, restaurants, and more, but not all are created equal, nor are the equally accessible.
Given today’s wide availability of smartphones and apps including “Flush Toilet Finder,” it’s easier than ever to find toilets as well as review ratings on how clean and busy they are.
For those who don’t know such things, November 19th, 2015 was “World Toilet Day.” All around the world, governments and municipalities work hard to continually improve sanitation, comfort, and accessibility. The world’s governing body for toilets, if there is such as thing, is the WTO – not the world trade organization – but the World Toilet Organization (WTO), which keeps track of best practices in cleanliness, maintenance, and design.
DesignCurial‘s annual top 10 best designed public toilets in the world for 2015:
10. Gdansk – designed by Schleifer & Milczanowski Architects:
9. Jinhua, China – designed by DnA Design Architecture:
8. Hiroshima, Japan – designed by Future Studio
7. Uster, Switzerland – designed by Gramazio & Kohler
6. London, UK – designed by Gort Scott
5. Austin, Texas – designed by Miro Rivera Architects
4. Lofoten, Norway – designed by Manthey Kula Architects
3. Wellington, New Zealand – designed by Studio Pacific Architecture
2. Miki-City, Japan – designed by Shuhei Endo Architect Institute
1. Sydney, Australia – designed by Lahz Nimmo Architects