rural studio #6: park toilets
As architects we don’t get to do much more than picking out fixtures very often. Even when the client has tons of money to throw at the toilet room it is usually eaten up in materials rather than in form. I love these sets of projects from the rural studio because they demand a unique response and have so much potential for student creativity.
These student projects are set in Perry Lakes Park near the bridge and tower. Here there are “toilet experiences” connected by a raised pathway that leads to a pavilion. Each project is unique and will have you wishing for a better bathroom.
This bathroom is composed of two cantilevering walls that frame a tree. The tree acts as a barrier that allows the ‘toiletee’ to view nature without being viewed by others. There were a few wooden boxes obstructing my shot of the toilet but I liked the wall that it is anchored to. The concrete slab met the wood nicely and the reveal to the right speaks to the language of the whole.
This is the Mound Toilet. It creates a panoramic view of the mound that it sets on and the nature behind it. I am pretty sure the angles work out so that the person on the toilet cannot be seen. I especially like that when the door is left open you can begin to experience the view from other parts of the site. As you approach the view becomes more in focus and direct.