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Tokyo’s public toilets are transparent, but you can’t be seen

Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, recipient of Pritzker Prize, these colourful, see-through washrooms have been installed in a public park

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | August 20, 2020 3:50:17 pm
The toilets are situated in Shibuya, Tokyo. (Photo: Satoshi Nagare/The Nippon Foundation/ designed by Gargi Singh)

The thought of public toilets being transparent is no less than a nightmare, but such toilets seem to be the newest attraction in Shibuya, Tokyo. Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, recipient of Pritzker Prize, such colourful, see-through washrooms have been installed in a public park. But there is a catch. As soon as someone someone enters the toilet and the door is locked, the glass becomes opaque.

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“This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside. At night, the facility lights up the park like a beautiful lantern,” mentions the official website.

Take a look in the video below.

The washrooms are a set of three separate cubicles for differently-abled, women, and men respectively, in shades of yellow, pink and purple. They are simple to use and extremely practical in approach as people can peep inside before entering. Take a look at the picture below to understand better.

The toilets have been installed in Shibuya, Tokyo. (Photo: Satoshi Nagare/The Nippon Foundation)

These toilets are a step towards redesigning toilets across 16 locations in the Shibuya neighbourhood. These transparent toilets are situated in Yoyohi Fukamachi mini-park, and are part of the Tokyo Toilet Project by the Nippon Foundation.

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