The world's 10 best public toilets for 2015

#9 Public Toilets

Uster, Switzerland


Design: Gramazio & Kohler

Location: Uster, Switzerland

This public toilet, developed for the city of Uster in 2011, is a prototype for a new typology of urban infrastructure which will be installed, in variations, at several places in the city over the next few years.


The parametric design of its facade, consisting of folded, vertically-arranged coloured aluminium strips, can adapt to changing building sizes and shapes, as well as through its colour scheme, to the surrounding area. The depth of the folded structure and the varying reflective angle of the light on its facade, in combination with the slightly different colours of the single strips, generate a shimmering effect that changes depending on the sun as well as the observer's position.


Pictures: © Gramazio & Kohler

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