The world's 10 best public toilets for 2014

Hiroshima Park Restrooms

Design: Future Studio

Location; Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima Park Restrooms Future Studio

Picture: Future Studio

Designed to resemble origami cranes, these colourful toilet cubicles exude a quintessentially Japanese sense of calm and order - especially as each one has its triangular roof pointing north.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms Future Studio

Picture: Future Studio

The 17 restrooms, which are scattered around the park, come in three different shapes, but not two are quite alike, as each one has a different coloured roof.

Hiroshima Park Restrooms Future Studio

Picture: Future Studio

The restrooms are made entirely of concrete, with circular windows and colour is applied with paint that is specially formulated to wipe clean.


Hiroshima Park Restrooms Future Studio

Picture: Future Studio


JinHua Architecture Park public toilet

Design: DnA Design and Architecture

Location: Zhejiang Province, China

JinHua Architecture Park public toilet DnA

Picture DnA Design and Architecture

You'd feel let down if the public toilets at an architecture park weren't suitable striking in their design. Thankfully, the ones at the JinHua Architecture Park, which was curated by world-famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, don't disappoint. These stylish concrete loos were designed by DnA Design and Architecture and aim at providing that rarest of things, privacy in a public toilet.

JinHua Architecture Park public toilet DnA

Picture DnA Design and Architecture


Public Toilet, Gdansk

Design: Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci

Location: Poland

Puplic toilet, Gdansk Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci  Location: Poland

Picture: Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci

Designed as part of the drive to make Gdansk match-fit to host the EURO 2012 football tournament, these public toilets are practical as well as stylish. undertaking a feasibility study, the archtiects found that they would need to design something that would involve minimal earthworks.

Puplic toilet, Gdansk Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci  Location: Poland

Picture: Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci

The architects settled on a prefabricated option. The toilet's cylindrical form bulges at the base, in shape reminiscent of a rain-drop, while the vertical steel ribs of the exterior double as a bike rack.

Puplic toilet, Gdansk Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci  Location: Poland

Picture: Schleifer & Milczanowski Architekci


Thanks to Francesc Mola, who helped us put this list together from the book Public Toilet Design: From Hotels, Bars, Restaurants, Civic Buildings and Businesses Worldwide, which he edited.

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