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TOMORROW’S CLEANING SEPTEMBER 09
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Tomorrow’s toilets!
INSPIRING DESIGNS THAT LOOK AT PUBLIC LOOS IN
A WHOLE DIFFERENT LIGHT.
It seems that public toilets are going where no its walls for you to enter, revealing concrete
toilet has gone before. Yes we have had self- toilet furniture. The architect proposed that “A
cleaning toilets and revolutionary hand-dryers public lavatory should feel fresh and clean and
but now we could be visiting a toilet inside a a lot of our perception of cleanliness is
Herculean head when nature calls. I may through smell.”
sound delusional but believe me, it’s true!
Other designs come from Robert Adam
Since the first flushing toilet was invented in Architects, who proposed a classical design
1596 by Sir John Harrington, it seems that not
Will Alsop’s futuristic design and DSDHA who found in their own public
only do they flush, but they can clean themselves
survey that user satisfaction would be
too! In some areas of the world you can even “The sculpture itself is conceived as a
improved by a hands-free experience and that
enjoy a heated seat and listen to the dulcet tones humorous antidote to the miserable and
hygiene was their largest concern when
of Mozart. This is 21st Century convenience at its terrifying concrete Tardis that are the
visiting a public toilet.
best. So why not design the perfect public toilet? unfortunate mainstay of our miserly public
Which raises the question of cleaning? As
To celebrate its 175th anniversary the Royal
toilet provision,” they say.
wonderful as these designs are – will they be
Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has asked Or what of the Public Toilet of the Future by
easy to keep clean? Will there be a store-
five of Britain’s most celebrated architects to Eva Jiricna which comprises of colour-coded
cupboard for the cleaner? Will they be
design a public toilet. The designers have curved forms of glass that give the appearance
susceptible to graffiti and damage? The
succeeded. These five designs are both wacky of a flower in full bloom. Stunning and
question, for now, remains unanswered.
and wonderful, and make public convenience unusual, you would visit this out of sheer
the height of style. curiosity more than anything else!
But there is one thing for sure, these toilets are
certainly not bog-standard. Perhaps we are
My personal favourite is the proposal put The most modern of the designs comes from
forward by Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT). architectural firm Will Alsop, who have
looking at a future Loo of the Year winner?
Their design consists of a giant sculptural submitted a galactic tower of silver that raises Which loo would you choose?
Hercules’ head lying on the ground, which you
enter through a door based on that of No10
Tomorrow’s Cleaning asked Mike Bone, Director of the British Toilet Association,
Downing Street.
what he thought…
“There is a shortage of publicly accessible toilets throughout the UK and this initiative will
generate interest in these unique and unusual designs. The British Toilet Association hopes
that the proposals will also inspire a renaissance of the great British public toilet and pride
with which the Victorian councils had in their desire to provide
excellent facilities for all. A catalyst for provision of clean,
hygienic and safe toilets with the facilities to meet the basic
human needs of all types of users.” www.britloos.co.uk
Flower power: Eva Jiricna’s Public Toilet of the Future
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