Public Restroom in Tokyo Features Unique Design

Two parks in Japan are getting attention for their bathrooms with an unusual design feature--transparent walls?

The bathrooms were designed by Shigeru Ban Architects in conjunction with The Nippon Foundation’s Tokyo Toilet Project. The facilities feature clear, see-through walls that turn opaque as soon as a person locks the door.

The bathrooms are located in Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park. The special design allows potential users to see the cleanliness of the restroom and whether it is in use.

“There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park. The first is cleanliness, and the second is whether anyone is inside,” the project’s website says.

“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.”

Most importantly, users should remember to lock the doors because the walls will always appear transparent from the inside.

Each bathroom has a men’s, women’s, and all-gender toilet.