The brilliant white semi-sphere landed at Nanago Dori Park and Seventh Street. The shell structure of the sphere is slightly elevated from the ground, which makes it look like it is floating in air. Kazoo Sato, an award-winning interdisciplinary creative genius, developed a voice control mechanism for the toilet that allows people to open the door, use WASHLET and the faucet with voice commands. The “Hi Toilet” guests don’t need to touch anything – it’s difficult to imagine how a public toilet could be more hygienic. In the unlikely case that something should break, people can use all of the elements manually. The photocatalytic varnish on the semi-sphere breaks down dirt with the light from the sun, keeping it bright and white. The structure was also so designed to pull in fresh air at the base and circulate it along the dome, ensuring efficient ventilation. The pure white semi-sphere opened in August 2021 and has already become a neighbourhood landmark.
An overview of all toilets – like the ones constructed by Tadao Ando and Shigeru Ban in 2020 – is available here: https://tokyotoilet.jp/en/
All 17 “THE TOKYO TOILET” Projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
Product related information: TOTO
THE TOKYO TOILET Project information: The Nippon Foundation https://tokyotoilet.jp/en/
Düsseldorf, February 2022
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