Giant wooden objects, floating half-spheres: ……. Mysterious structures are appearing one after another in Shibuya Ward. What they really are are public toilets. A project led by the Nippon Foundation, with the participation of 16 top-notch creators, will open 17 overly innovative restrooms by the end of March 2010.
Nabeshima Shoto Park
This reporter immediately visited the restroom designed by Kengo Kuma (photo above). After passing through a huge space of cedar boards, the largest of which is 4 meters high, five restrooms appear. The rooms are also covered with stumps, and the smell of cedar fills the air. It is a very luxurious space where you can even enjoy the feeling of forest bathing while doing your business.
The toilet, built by famous creative director Kazoo Sato, is equipped with the latest technology. By reading the QR code at the entrance with your smartphone, you can access a special website. “After calling out, “Hi Toilet! “You can then tell the toilet what you want it to do, such as flush the water, and it will do exactly that. By the way, if you call out, “Play music,” moody music will be played. I wonder if this was Mr. Sato’s choice of music. It’s very stylish.
I asked the Nippon Foundation staff how they came up with the idea.
“We thought that by changing the image of public toilets as scary, dirty, smelly, and dark, we could create a more livable city. We are happy to hear that people actually feel safe using the toilets even at night.
Why don’t you take a break when you visit Shibuya?