Public Toilets With Glass Walls Provide Surprising Privacy
counterintuitive: something that goes against what you would naturally expect or believe
Tokyo has introduced transparent public toilets in two city parks. Famous Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed these restrooms with colorful glass walls. They are just 2 of 17 unique toilets designed by artists as part of the Tokyo Toilet Project.
A public toilet using glass walls sounds counterintuitive, but these toilets use “smart glass” technology. The walls change from transparent to opaque when the door is locked.
Public toilets have a bad reputation for being dirty, dark, and sometimes dangerous. The idea behind the transparent walls is to show people how clean and safe the restrooms are before entering. Just don’t forget to lock the door to activate the smart glass, or you might experience a new level of ‘public’ restroom.
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