Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studio

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Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

This colourful series of public toilets recently completed by Japanese architects Future Studio in Hiroshima have been designed to resemble origami cranes.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

The 17 Hiroshima Park Restrooms come in three different shapes, but each one has a unique colour.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

The restrooms are constructed entirely from concrete, which is punctured to create very small circular windows.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

The paint used to colour each restroom can be wiped clean to allow easy maintenance.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

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The following is from the architect:


Hiroshima Park Restrooms – Absolute Arrows

Hiroshima City Planning chose the design from a competition to be the standard. It is the unique public project that approximately 5 restrooms are mass-produced in parks per year as regular design of the city

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

First of all, I considered that what should embed in “city”. I was aware of designing “multitude” strongly, which is not “a ” restroom in a park. And they should be given a meaning as a whole of the infrastructure in the city.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

I aim to make an absolute axis in the city by being embedded the direction in infrastructure building in the city. The mass-produced urban facilities have a triangular roof pointing north.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

By building in same direction, each restrooms have same space by sunshine. The same space of restroom is omnipresence all over Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

I designed 3 variations of plans in this project. I provide with 2 entrances of east and west side, so that the plan is able to turn the other way around as it functions whichever entrance.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

Structure of the restroom is box frame type reinforced concrete construction. The roof is also made by concrete. Concrete is poured by the ruler of stainless steel in the edge of the acute angle part of the roof.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

The roof finishes by a fluoric resin topcoat after FRP waterproofing. Therefore it is possible to put the different color every roof of the restrooms. Each location has a different color roof that matches the playground.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

I incline the roof, the north side is high, the south side is low, to be able to look at the roof facing north from eye-level. A slit-shaped top light goes to the south and north in the center of the roof and creates lines toward north inside and outside of space.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

Acrylic lighting windows and round ventilation holes in eastern and western wall, and acrylic lighting windows in southern wall, are inlayed.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

They function that controlling the environment of the internal space. For the finish of the outer wall, I adopted the photocatalytic coating paints that the dirt is easy to come off.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

17 restrooms in 17 parks are completed in May in 2011. It is built around five places sequentially every year. The public restrooms with absolute arrows are being embedded infinitely in all over Hiroshima-city.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

Project data
Name of the project : Hiroshima Park Restrooms –Absolute Arrows-
architect: Bunzo Ogawa
Location : Hiroshima, Japan
Use: Public Restroom
Client: Hiroshima-city
Building area : A type 15.56sqm, B type 11.88sqm, C type 7.62sqm
Gross area: A type 13.09sqm, B type 10.10sqm, C type 5.30sqm
Building coverage ratio / 2%
Building scale / 1 story
Structure system / RC
Period of design / 2008.9-2009.2
Period of construction / 2009.4-

Hiroshima Park Restrooms by Future Studios

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See also:

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Public toilets
by Plastik Architects
Royal Flush
by Chris Briffa Architects
Lavatories by
Shuichiro Yoshida Architects
  • http://www.thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com thedisgruntledarchitect

    I like these, they are such a clean and modern alternative to the port-a-potty! Finally, toilets actually add architectural value to their surroundings instead of detracting from the atmosphere…which is always too bad because they tend to be placed in spaces that are significant, sometimes architecturally, in some way. Well conceived of!

  • http://twitter.com/mat_buckets @mat_buckets

    amazing stuff, very considered

  • Laura

    http://www.nickdoermann.com/urb/

    we did a very similar project in spring 2008. uncanny.

  • 0hzone

    the urinals are a tad exposed, as would be the user