'the portal' toilet camouflages in the woods like a sci-fi doorway

'the portal' toilet camouflages in the woods like a sci-fi doorway

The Portal by Jupe


Taking a dump or using a public toilet in the woods during a hike or forest wandering might not sound comfortable, but Jupe has changed the narrative by conceiving The Portal, a sci-fi restroom in the middle of greenery that takes bathroom gaming to the next level.


Creative camping might have just found its new exciting companion since The Portal can be brought to places by its users. The team, comprising former Tesla and SpaceX designers, has already introduced their sci-fi-inspired cabin here, but it’s not complete without a luxurious porta potty made of reflective mirrors.

'the portal' toilet by jupe
images courtesy of Jupe



With The Portal, users enter a box-shaped spaceship and are greeted by an all-white interior. As they sit on or use the toilet, they feel like they’re in heaven (or another dimension, depending on how they see it). The Portal also includes solar panels in 200 watts, a battery, and an inverter that all allow for stadium-like lighting and an always-on fan to eliminate odors. The panels can be positioned close to The Portal, or in a spot where the sun hits their surface and soak in its solar power.

'the portal' toilet by jupe
it almost mimics the surroundings thanks to its reflective exterior



Natural skylight from the hole above


Jupe understands the challenge of small-spaced porta potties found in the wilds, so the team expands the area inside The Portal. No more bumping knees into the public toilet’s door or brushing skin against whatever bacteria has infiltrated the surfaces.


The team has devised the space to have at least three times the interior volume of a normal portable toilet. Aside from the spacious interior, light takes the center stage in the portal-to-heaven toilet. Not because users can truly see heaven, but thanks to the natural skylight that the team has carved on the roof.

'the portal' toilet by jupe
it embodies the look of a sci-fi doorway



The Sky Portal cutout in the ceiling turns the sky into a canvas and the experience into an immersive optical illusion. It is seemingly a perfect circle from the perspective of sitting, while in reality, it is an ellipse. The hole also brings in so much light from the outside and offers users a view of the sky as they take care of their business. Full of light comes through as one of the main premises why The Portal is built, and the skylight grounds this testament. Talk about meditation and unhurriedness in the bathroom. 

'the portal' toilet by jupe
the public toilet is also powered through solar panels



Using human waste as fertilizer


What makes The Portal look like it’s hiding from the viewers is drawn from its mirrored glass that Jupe intentionally picked. As the team writes on their site, ‘a full-length mirrored window opens up panoramic, yet private, views of mother nature. A retractable-privacy shade draws down when you’re feeling shy.’ Just to confirm, there’s a thin window blind that users can roll down in case they don’t feel like gazing at nature as they use the public toilet.


‘The Portal’ toilet by Jupe

The Portal seems to also detect users as soon as they step in, drawn from the instant-on LED track lighting that runs along the ceiling. The bright light gives a homey feeling inside and it looks like the team has also placed some house plants inside The Portal to sell those feel-at-home aesthetics.


Jupe is also integrating circular-waste transformation technology with its composting partner that can turn human waste into an Earth fertilizer. As of publishing the story, The Portals are currently sold out with the next production to run in early 2023.

'the portal' toilet by jupe
interior look and lighting

'the portal' toilet by jupe
skylight view

'the portal' toilet by jupe
not a painting, but the skylight inside ‘The Portal’ toilet by Jupe



project info:


name: The Portal

company: Jupe

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