‘public toilet for gdansk’ by schleifer & milczanowski architekci, gdansk, poland
all images courtesy of schleifer & milczanowski architekci
polish firm schleifer & milczanowski architekci have implemented the first ‘public toilet for gdansk’ within the historic centre
of gdansk, poland. part of the selection as a EURO 2012 host city, the architects performed a feasibility study to fulfill the urban void
for convenience structures. a prefabricated option with minimal earthworks was needed to tie into the chaotic infrastructure and balance
with the aesthetic of the prominent archaeological heritage. also suitable for the contemporary districts, a cylindrical exterior takes
on the form of a raindrop.
vertical steel ribs bow outward to integrate a bicycle rack. the rusted patina introduces the rustic appearance of ship hulls fund within nearby yards.
polished strips on the facade partially reflect the encompassing environment, blending into the diverse locations. the striated elements
extend beyond the transparent roof to resemble the tenement rooftops. natural illumination enters the interior during the daytime eliminating
the need for artificial lighting. at night, facade backlighting identifies their location to visitors. for ease of operation, a semiautomatic vessel
was selected to provide year-round service.
reflective facade mirrors the encompassing parkland
raindrop exterior forms a rack to park bicycles
entry at night
back illumination accentuates the striated facade
entry at night
floor plan / level 0