Public toilets. We all know the horror. Foul-smelling, dark and wet – it’s everyone’s nightmare no matter where we are in the world, even in Japan where the public toilet has a better reputation.
To improve the views on public toilets, The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET Project – a movement to renovate 17 public toilets in parks located in Shibuya by 16 renown architects. Three of these have been up-and-running since 5 August 2020.
The most raved-about public toilet is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The transparent public toilet baffles not just the people of Japan, it baffles the whole world! Using a new smartglass technology, the glass will turn opaque when the door is locked so you do not have to worry about public indecency.
The see-through design aims to make it bright and easy for you to check if there is any bad guy lurking around. On top of that, at night, it serves as an aesthetically pleasing lantern for the park!
Read more about it here!