What is THE TOKYO TOILET
由日本财团发起的“THE TOKYO TOILET”（东京公厕计划）旨在建设人人可用的公共厕所，并将于东京涩谷的17个地点建造新的洗手间设施，作为迈向多元且包容的社会的举措之一。这些公厕将由16位顶尖的创意人担纲设计，并将凭借最先进的设计方法，满足不同性别和年龄层以及行动不便的用户的需要。每间公厕将由建筑商业公司DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY和知名洁具品牌TOTO合作完成建造。
This project by The Nippon Foundation aims for the realization of a society where all kinds of diversity are accepted, by building public toilets. With the full cooperation of Shibuya city, 17 toilets that are accessible for anyone regardless of gender, age, or disability will be created. Through the power of design and the creativity of 16 creators who support the objectives of this project, The Nippon Foundation is demonstrating what this new society can achieve. The toilets will be constructed by DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY CO., LTD., and TOTO LTD. will advise on toilet equipment and layout.
▼项目外观，Front view © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
Yoyogi-Hachiman Public Toilet
The toilets resemble three mushrooms that sprouted from the forest around Yoyogi-Hachiman shrine. Despite being built along the main thoroughfare of Yamate-Dori, they sit at the footsteps that lead to the shrine. The impression of mushrooms creates a sense of harmony with the forest in the background.
View from afar. The toilets blend into the Yoyogi Hachiman forest © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
Exterior view: a row of three cylindrical shapes © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
Having three separate toilets with circulation space in between makes it easy to navigate. Connecting paths with no dead-ends also allow good visual connection, creating a safe environment and preventing crime.
▼平面图，Plan © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
▼男厕和女厕外都有充足的行走空间 © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
Both men’s and women’s toilets have enough space to walk around the perimeter
▼圆形瓷砖贴面带来多彩的渐变外观，Small round tiles were used to create a colorful gradation © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
▼犹如漂浮在空中的弧形屋顶，The round roof looks like it is floating in the air © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
▼剖面图，Sections © Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
By securing ample space and by equipping elderly and parental functions that are usually only available in accessible toilets within each toilet ensure that the facility is truly public and accessible by everyone.
▼通用型厕所内部，The universal toilet © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
▼白天，自然光从屋顶透过，Natural light filters through the roof during daytime © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
▼公厕在夜间照亮了森林，The toilets illuminate the forest at night © Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation
Why The Nippon Foundation launched this project
The Nippon Foundation has been working across various areas such as people with disabilities, areas affected by natural disasters, and children to make the world a better place. With public toilets, we were skeptical if it is really a place where everyone can use comfortably, although the word “public” is in the word. For example, usually the public toilets in the park are not universally designed. Not only people with disabilities, but elderly and children and LGBTQ+ find it difficult to use.
In THE TOKYO TOILET, we requested all the creators to make sure that one of the toilet rooms must be universally designed so that everyone becomes comfortable to use. Also, the public toilets are usually considered to be dark, dirty, smelly, and scary. To dispel these images, we renovated the public toilets with the power of creativity. By doing so, we hope that everyone uses the public toilets in a good manner, as the public toilets belong to everyone.
▼从公厕望向马路和人群，Watching over the people and cars on the Yamate Dori
© Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation