sou fujimoto's public toilet in ichihara is a garden escape
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oct 29, 2013
sou fujimoto's public toilet in ichihara is a garden escape


sou fujimoto’s public toilet in ichihara is a garden escape
photo by iwan baan
all images courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

 

 

 

the communal bathroom is notably one of the smallest ‘public’ spaces, while at the same time being confined and private. sou fujimoto took on the challenge of designing a toilet that while still being closed, offered an openness in the context of its site–positioned next to itabu station that runs along the north and south in ichihara-city, chiba, an area that is known for its cherry blossoms.

 

 


the public lavatory is positioned within a lush 200 square meter garden of trees and flowers
photo by iwan baan

 

 

 

taking the picturesque location into consideration, the japanese architect has conceived two units–one for unisex use and people with disabilities, the other for ladies only–that merges the notions of public and private, opened and closed, nature and built architecture, and smallness and largeness.

 

 


for privacy, a 2 meter wooden log roll fence has been installed around the glass box toilet
photo by iwan baan

 

 

 

the result is a glass box lavatory that has been placed in the middle of a 200 square meters garden that is planted with trees and flowers, providing occupants a serene view while using the facilities. to combat the issue of seclusion, a 2 meter wooden log roll fence has been placed around the perimeter that is entered through a locked door. a small pathway cleared away among the lush foliage, to reach the outhouse. this multi-layering and divergence of internal and external boundaries converge into one another while maintaining a certain ambiguity and suggesting a primitive form of architecture.

 

 


the public toilet is positioned next to itabu station that runs along the north and south in ichihara-city, chiba
photos by iwan baan

 

 


one enters the toilet through a wooden log fence
photo by iwan baan

 

 


photo by iwan baan

 

 


approach to the public toilet in ichihara
photo by iwan baan

 

 


site plan
image courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

 

 


section
image courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

 

 


visualization of the public toilet in ichihara
image courtesy of sou fujimoto architects

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