rohan chavan creates light box restroom on the eastern highway of mumbai
rohan chavan creates light box restroom on the eastern highway of mumbai rohan chavan creates light box restroom on the eastern highway of mumbai
aug 05, 2016

rohan chavan creates light box restroom on the eastern highway of mumbai


architect rohan chavan has constructed a public restroom in mumbai, india, from an old shipping container. the structure which stands at the side of the eastern express highway – one of the busiest roads in the mumbai metropolitan area – has been constructed under an overhanging tree which allows light to filter down onto the fuschia pink floor. the layout features a toilet situated at both sides, with an open space at the middle for people to meet and interact.
the structure restroom stands at the side of the eastern express highway



the restroom has been specifically designed for women, providing an area for those with infants as well as creating a space in which females can feel safe along the busy highway. the 10’ x 30’ structure contains four blocks including two toilets with a common washbasin and a nursing room and a toilet for handicapped and senior citizens.

the structure was made from shipping containers



the center features a small space used for various activities such as a free gallery to display art for amateur artists, an area for lectures and awareness campaigns, celebrating festivals, seasonal activities and events. the project introduces an alternative solution towards architecture for public use, in an area where people seek refuge, interaction and basic needs.






project info:


project: restroom for women
location: thane, teen haath naka
project year: 2016
project area: 300 sq.ft (30 sq.m)
client: agasti – sahej mantri (founder)
architect: rohan chavan
assistant architect: tulika nabar
structural consultant: prashant haval
contractor: shailendra vishvakarma




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edited by: hollie smith | designboom


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