A Japanese designer has unveiled transparent glass public toilet with glass walls that become blur when they are occupied.
Acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban came up with the idea which he said was intended as a practical way to allow users to check for cleanliness as well as whether the toilet was occupied or not.
The unique public toilets are located in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park.
The facilities at the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park were designed with tinted green and blue glass to blend in with the surrounding foliage.
Meanwhile the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park toilets, above, were given orange, pink and purple hues to compliment a nearby playground.
‘There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park,’
‘The first is cleanliness, and the second is whether anyone is inside,’ the architect explained.
‘Using the latest technology, the exterior glass turns opaque when locked.’
An employee demonstrating the public toilet, the outer side of the glass becomes opaque when the lock is closed.
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