Nigo creates “welcoming” property-shaped general public rest room in Tokyo

Japanese trend designer Nigo has intended a public toilet in the form of a modest household as the most current addition to the Tokyo Rest room undertaking. Created in the Harajuku district of central Tokyo, the home-formed bathroom was built to stand out from the surrounding superior-increase properties. Nigo designed […]

Japanese trend designer Nigo has intended a public toilet in the form of a modest household as the most current addition to the Tokyo Rest room undertaking.


Created in the Harajuku district of central Tokyo, the home-formed bathroom was built to stand out from the surrounding superior-increase properties.

Nigo designed the toilet to appear like a residence

“In contrast to the at any time-changing city of Tokyo with its sky-higher properties, I envisioned a bathroom that feels like a great previous household that stands quietly on a corner of Harajuku,” spelled out Nigo.

“The bathroom may perhaps really feel nostalgic to some and new to others, dependent on their age and era.”

Toilet in Tokyo by Nigo
Its kind contrasts the neighbouring high-rises

Nigo, who is the founder of the A Bathing Ape outfits model and has created for Adidas and Louis Vuitton, created the facility as part of the Nippon Foundation‘s Tokyo Bathroom job.

His bathroom joins blocks in the city’s Shibuya region made by Pritzker Architecture Prize winners Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban and Fumihiko Maki.

House-shaped toilet in Tokyo
The roof, windows and picket fence recall a 1940s dwelling

For his layout, Nigo was straight educated by a housing growth of pitched roof, one storey homes that had been built in the spot by the United States Armed Forces just after earth war two.

“My inspiration for the style and design of this rest room is the Washington Heights Dependent Housing, which was a massive housing advanced constructed by the US in 1946 in an spot that has now turn out to be Yoyogi Park,” he claimed.

“Washington Heights had a major impression on Harajuku’s progress into the cultural town it is right now, and Dependent Housing considerably influenced the post-war way of life adjustments in Tokyo.”

Blue door frame at public toilet
It was created to be welcoming

“Today, incredibly handful of of these houses continue being. I was lifted in Harajuku, and my everyday living in this city has shaped me into what I am now,” he included.

“I chose the notion of ‘learning from the past’ for the style and design of this rest room and challenged myself to develop a duplicate of the Dependent Housing for the reason that I wished to maintain some of the types that are starting to disappear in my beloved town of Harajuku.”

Urinals in Tokyo
The door is permanently open up

The bathroom block recollects the now mostly demolished housing.

It has white walls damaged by blue-framed windows and is topped with a pink pitched roof with a few chimney-type additions.

It is also partially surrounded by a white picket fence.

“To make a friendly, household-shaped facility that feels casual and inviting, I also compensated consideration to its aspects, this sort of as the rustic garden fence and the inward-opening doorway that seems to be often open,” Nigo explained.

Sink under a pitched roof
The rest room extends up into the pitched roof

In whole, 17 bogs are planned as aspect of the Tokyo Rest room task. Lately completed blocks created as part of the task include a pair of clear blocks developed by Shigeru Ban and a rest room named A Walk in the Woods designed by Kengo Kuma.

Photography is by Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Basis.

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