THE TOKYO TOILET

Jingumae

1-3-14 Jingumae

Photo by Satoshi Nagare

Facilities

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    Accessible facility

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    Women

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    Men

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    Priority facilities for elderly people

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    Priority for expecting mothers

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    Baby care room

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    Priority for those with small children

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    Children’s toilet

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    Facilities for ostomy

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    Care bed

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    Baby chair

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    Changing board

Creater

NIGO®

Fashion designer / Creative director

THE HOUSE

The concept of this design is about learning from the past. First and foremost, I thought about its accessibility and ease of use. In contrast to the ever-changing city of Tokyo with its sky-high buildings, I envisioned a toilet that feels like a good old home that stands quietly on a corner of Harajuku. The toilet may feel nostalgic to some and new to others, depending on their age and generation.

The intersection at Jingumae 1-chome is one of my favorite crossings in Tokyo. I used to frequent this place where my favorite shops and curry eatery used to be. So it is truly a pleasure for me to be given the opportunity to design a public toilet for a town where I hold such a deep connection.

My inspiration for the design of this toilet is the Washington Heights Dependent Housing, which was a large housing complex built by the US in 1946 in an area that has now become Yoyogi Park. Washington Heights had a significant impact on Harajuku’s growth into the cultural town it is today, and Dependent Housing greatly influenced the post-war lifestyle changes in Tokyo.

Today, very few of these houses remain. I was raised in Harajuku, and my life in this town has shaped me into what I am now. I chose the concept of “learning from the past” for the design of this toilet and challenged myself to create a copy of the Dependent Housing because I wanted to preserve some of the designs that are beginning to disappear in my favorite town of Harajuku.

To create a friendly, house-shaped facility that feels casual and inviting, I also paid attention to its details, such as the rustic garden fence and the inward-opening door that appears to be always open.

I also carefully considered the hygienic aspects of the facility by providing ample washing space and installing contactless faucets and fixtures. I consider public restrooms to be places where people of the community help and support each other. I hope that the people of this town will use this toilet and keep it clean and beautiful, forever.

NIGO®

A famous pioneer of the street culture whose fashion brand launched in the '90s took the world by storm. His lifestyle creations are highly acclaimed across the globe. Since 2011, he has been designing mainly for HUMAN MADE but has also released collections from LOUIS VUITTON and Adidas. He is also the creative director for CyberAgent and JINS sunglasses and producer for CURRY UP® restaurant and sake brand SAKE STORM COWBOY. Currently actively involved in the music field with a contract signed with Universal Music in the US.

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MAINTENANCE

MAINTENANCE

Public toilets must stand the test of time. In addition to our focus on designing impressive facilities, we at THE TOKYO TOILET believe that providing a comfortable user experience through cleaning and maintenance is equally important. The Nippon Foundation, the Shibuya City Government and the Shibuya Tourism Association will work together to maintain these facilities. We will also work with professional toilet inspectors to periodically survey the toilets to ensure we are providing the best user experience.

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