nippon foundation


Japan is known as one of the cleanest countries in the world. Even public toilets have a higher standard of hygiene than in much of the rest of the world. However, the use of public toilets in Japan is limited because of stereotypes that they are dark, dirty, smelly, and scary. To dispel these misconceptions regarding public toilets, The Nippon Foundation has decided to renovate 17 public toilets located in Shibuya, Tokyo, in cooperation with the Shibuya City government. These public toilets are being designed by 16 leading creators, and will use advanced design to make them accessible for everyone regardless of gender, age, or disability, to demonstrate the possibilities of an inclusive society. 

2 of the locations were designed by Shigeru Ban, one of the most recognized and laureled humanitarian architects of this era. Using the latest technology,  the outer glass walls of his designs become opaque when the lock is closed, so that a person can check inside before entering. At night, they light up the parks like a beautiful lantern.

More designs are to be presented between now and 2021, among them will be designs by heavyweights like Tadao Ando, Wonderwall and NIGO®.

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