Japanese designer unveils TRANSPARENT public toilets

No pee-ping! Japanese designer unveils TRANSPARENT public toilets with glass walls that become opaque when they are occupiedAcclaimed architect Shigeru Ban has unveiled transparent public toilets with

Japanese designer unveils TRANSPARENT public toilets

No pee-ping! Japanese designer unveils TRANSPARENT public toilets with glass walls that become opaque when they are occupied

  • Acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban has unveiled transparent public toilets with glass walls in Tokyo 
  • Intended as a practical way to allow users to check for cleanliness as well as whether the toilet was occupied
  • Unique toilets are located in city's Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park 
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A Japanese designer has unveiled transparent public toilets with glass walls that become opaque when they are occupied. 

Acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban came up with the idea which he said was intended as a practical way to allow users to check for cleanliness as well as whether the toilet was occupied or not. 

The unique public toilets are located in Tokyo's Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park.

A Japanese designer has unveiled transparent public toilets with glass walls that become opaque when they are occupied

A Japanese designer has unveiled transparent public toilets with glass walls that become opaque when they are occupied

Acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban came up with the idea which he said was intended as a practical way to allow users to check for cleanliness as well as whether the toilet was occupied or not

Acclaimed architect Shigeru Ban came up with the idea which he said was intended as a practical way to allow users to check for cleanliness as well as whether the toilet was occupied or not

The unique public toilets are located in Tokyo's Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park

The unique public toilets are located in Tokyo's Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park

The facilities at the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park were designed with tinted green and blue glass to blend in with the surrounding foliage. 

Meanwhile the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park toilets were given orange, pink and purple hues to compliment a nearby playground. 

The design uses new smartglass technology that turns the walls opaque when the door is locked. 

The facilities at the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park were designed with tinted green and blue glass to blend in with the surrounding foliage, pictured above

The facilities at the Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park were designed with tinted green and blue glass to blend in with the surrounding foliage, pictured above 

Meanwhile the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park toilets, above, were given orange, pink and purple hues to compliment a nearby playground

Meanwhile the Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park toilets, above, were given orange, pink and purple hues to compliment a nearby playground

An employee of the Nippon Foundation demonstrates a public toilet designed by Shigeru Ban, which made the outer walls with glass that becomes opaque when the lock is closed

An employee of the Nippon Foundation demonstrates a public toilet designed by Shigeru Ban, which made the outer walls with glass that becomes opaque when the lock is closed

'There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park,' Ban explained on the project's website

'The first is cleanliness, and the second is whether anyone is inside,' the architect continued. 

'Using the latest technology, the exterior glass turns opaque when locked.'

'There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park,' Ban explained

'There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park,' Ban explained

The new facilities have replaced two older public toilets near the large Yoyogi Park in Shibuya. They consist of three separate cubicles, for male, female and disabled users

The new facilities have replaced two older public toilets near the large Yoyogi Park in Shibuya. They consist of three separate cubicles, for male, female and disabled users

An employee of the Nippon Foundation demonstrating a public toilet designed by Shigeru Ban, which made the outer walls with glass that becomes opaque when the lock is closed

An employee of the Nippon Foundation demonstrating a public toilet designed by Shigeru Ban, which made the outer walls with glass that becomes opaque when the lock is closed 

'This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside. At night, the facility lights up the park like a beautiful lantern.'

The new facilities have replaced two older public toilets near the large Yoyogi Park in Shibuya.

They consist of three separate cubicles, for male, female and disabled users.  

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