THE TOKYO TOILET Project | Transforming 17 public toilets in Shibuya
The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET project to build public toilets that can be used by anyone. The project will build new toilets at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a way of moving toward the realization of a society that embraces diversity. Some toilets have been available for use by the general public since August 5.
A great project concerning public toilets which most people always try to avoid using! We wonder whether this project can make a difference and if it does, who’s going to create ‘Toilet projects’ in the rest of the world? It might be a great sponsoring project for design and architectural firms in collaboration with city councils and a cleaning company.
The TOKYO TOILET project | Inspiration to change the stereotype of public toilets
Japan is known as one of the cleanest countries in the world. Even public toilets have a higher standard of hygiene than in much of the rest of the world. However, the use of public toilets in Japan is limited because of stereotypes that they are dark, dirty, smelly, and scary. To dispel these misconceptions regarding public toilets, The Nippon Foundation has decided to renovate 17 public toilets located in Shibuya, Tokyo, in cooperation with the Shibuya City government. These public toilets are being designed by 16 leading creators, and will use advanced design to make them accessible for everyone regardless of gender, age, or disability, to demonstrate the possibilities of an inclusive society. In addition to the construction, the foundation has arranged for ongoing maintenance so that people will feel comfortable using these public toilets and to foster a spirit of hospitality for the next person.
The toilets are located at…
The toilets are available for use since August 5 are in three locations: Ebisu Park (creator – Masamichi Katayama); Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park (Shigeru Ban); and Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park (Shigeru Ban). These are followed by openings on August 7 in Ebisu East Park (Fumihiko Maki), and a location near Ebisu Station (Nao Tamura), August 31 in Nishihara Itchome Park (Takenosuke Sakakura), and on September 7 in Jingu-Dori Park (Tadao Ando), with the remainder scheduled for completion by the spring of 2021. You can find a full list of locations and creators here. https://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/en/news/articles/2020/20200805-47312.html
The toilets are and will be constructed by DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY CO., LTD., and TOTO LTD. will advise on toilet equipment and layout. Maintenance of the toilets will be carried out under a three-party agreement concluded by The Nippon Foundation, the Shibuya City government, and the Shibuya City Tourism Association.
About the Nippon Foundation
The mission of the Nippon Foundation is social innovation, through this innovation they aim to achieve a society where all people support one another, reducing the burdens and challenges they face together. They think that everyone has a role to play: citizens, corporations, nonprofit organizations, governments, and international bodies. By forging networks among these actors, The Nippon Foundation serves as a hub for the world’s wisdom, experience, and human resources, giving individuals the capacity to change society—the hope that they can make a difference.
Website: The Nippon Foundation