The inconveniences of a pandemic have included a re-think about the shocking lack of public toilets in the city, not to mention basic seating. One endearing design solution to this comes courtesy of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has created toilets made out of transparent glass which become opaque when occupied.
There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park,” Ban explains. “The first is cleanliness, and the second is whether anyone is inside.” This addressed both issues and at night, lights up the park “like a beautiful lantern.”
It forms part of the Tokyo Toilet project which enlisted 16 creatives from around the world to redesign public toilets in Shibuya.