RC architects' red restroom complex references london phone booths and buses

RC architects' red restroom complex references london phone booths and buses

RC architects designs ‘pause’, a multifaceted restroom complex located along india‘s bombay-goa highway, on the way to the karnala bird sanctuary. taking cues from other public utilities, including london’s famous telephone booths, post boxes and buses, all colored in red, ‘pause’ is painted in the same color to allow passersby to quickly identify its public facilities.

entry to common public facilities
photos by hemant patil



RC architects has designed pause with a set of facilities to serve and truck drivers and the common public. the long horizontal red building has multiple access points, where each point defines a separate facility. a wall alongside the men’s and women’s toilets ‘moves’ beyond the building’s outline to create an opening that allows for a lot of natural light and ventilation, and offers a place for plants and trees to grow. on the left of the property, truck driver’s facilities include a hair cutting salon, indian toilet, a recreational space, space for washing and drying clothes and a pantry. the special facilities are planned to serve truck drivers, who drive continuously for 18-20 hours, offering them a space where they can eat and sleep before they continue their journey.

on the far right, the entry niche for handicap and women facilities with four toilet cubicles, a nursing station, sanitary pad vending machine and wash basins

entry alley to male toilet

entrance lobby to male toilet

light quality and ambiance inside male toilet

exit towards truck drivers facility

entry to truck drivers facility

grooming center for truck drivers

recreational center for truck drivers

recreational center for truck drivers




project info:


project name: pause – restrooms architecture

firm: RC architects

location: bombay-goa highway

project area: 1670 sq.ft (155 sq.m)

client: pause – restrooms

architect: rohan chavan (principal RC architects)

intern architect: prateek malewar

signage and communication design: monish ganesan

contractor: shelke


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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

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