The Tokyo Public Restrooms Project

The Tokyo Public Restrooms Project:The Shibuya City government teamed up with The Nippon Foundation and conceived of a way to hit two birds with one stone, and by these Sixteen Architects Transform Aging Public Toilets in Tokyo into Extraordinarily Inviting Facilities.

 

 

The Shibuya City government teamed up with The Nippon Foundation and conceived of a way to hit two birds with one stone, and by these Sixteen Architects Transform Aging Public Toilets in Tokyo into Extraordinarily Inviting Facilities

 

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▏Let’s take a Look, Japan’s Edition of Trendy Public Restrooms

Whether running errands or visiting the local park, when nature calls, the options can be iffy. In the busy ward of Shibuya City, Tokyo, which attracts visitors for shopping and entertainment,  the local administration faced a two-pronged problem: public restrooms have a reputation for being dark, dirty, and off-putting, and people just don’t like to use them. The Shibuya City government teamed up with The Nippon Foundation  and conceived of a way to hit two birds with one stone,  and by these Sixteen Architects Transform Aging Public Toilets in Tokyo into Extraordinarily Inviting Facilities.

 

Launched in 2020, The Tokyo Toilet project (previously) invited 16 acclaimed architects and designers, including fashion brands and interior design studios, to transform 17 public restrooms into inviting, high-tech facilities. The initiative placed enormous emphasis on a high standard of maintenance and accessibility for all genders, ages, and abilities.

 

Modern structures by the likes of Kengo KumaTadao Ando, and Sou Fujimoto respond to each location and its surroundings, from an immersive forest-inspired building in Nabeshima Shoto Park to a museum-like entrance in Hatagaya to a futuristic globe in Nanago Dori Park. The Tokyo Toilet’s website monitors the upkeep of each facility along with a map of the locations, and as of March 2023, all of the renovations are complete.

 

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The Tokyo Public Restrooms Project:The Shibuya City government teamed up with The Nippon Foundation and conceived of a way to hit two birds with one stone, and by these Sixteen Architects Transform Aging Public Toilets in Tokyo into Extraordinarily Inviting Facilities.

 

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