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Kumutoto Toilets

  • 01:00 - 28 June, 2012
Kumutoto Toilets
Kumutoto Toilets, © Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds +9

From the architect. These public toilets are located at the Synergy Plaza in the Kumutoto precinct on Wellington’s waterfront. As well as taking into account practical considerations such as security, hygiene and vandalism, the brief was to create a structure with a sculptural form, something iconic, highly visible and unusual that was also well integrated into the visual and historical context ofthe surrounding precinct.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

To be seen in the round, the design comprises two elongated, irregularly curved forms, instantly recognisable from all key pedestrian approaches and terminating a sequence of spaces and elements along the laneway. These organic forms, eye-catching and instantly memorable, are suggestive of crustaceans or sea creatures, as if the structure was a kind of fossilised husk that had been discovered and inhabited. Recalling the waterfront’s shipping past, they cling to the surface of the precinct like barnacles to the underside of a boat.

© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

Each form contains one accessible public toilet, with one of the two also including cleaning facilities. The irrobust concrete construction is appropriate to the surrounding maritime environment. A metal rainscreen, painted the brick red of the neighbouring sheds, ties them into the heritage context and enhances their visibility. While they contrast with the linear architecture of the surrounding buildings, making them visually distinct, the curves of the new structure also echo some of the ornate detailing on the nearby sheds. Cantilevered ‘tails’ provide natural ventilation. 

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cheyneo · February 18, 2013


Matthew Walker · August 11, 2012

Sea creature public toilets in Wellington.

serdar kemal · July 06, 2012

san?r?m dünyan?n en ilginç tuvaleti

Andreas Wallin · July 01, 2012

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Hazer Sar?çetin · June 30, 2012
Cotswold Missy · June 30, 2012

These remind me of the film Tremors >> Kumutoto Toilets / Studio Pacific Architecture | ArchDaily via @archdaily

Ricky · June 29, 2012

Kumutoto Toilets / Studio Pacific Architecture | ArchDaily

Fräulein Michelle · June 29, 2012

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bog · June 29, 2012

it's like they'll hunt you after you use them, but hey .. interesting visuals

Timuçin Harputlugil · June 29, 2012

tuvalet tasar?m? ???? .....

Timuçin Harputlugil · June 29, 2012

tuvalet tasar?m? .....

Chen Di · June 29, 2012

impressive? I will never forget this thing

Rei · June 29, 2012 weirdest toilets ever...

Jason House · June 29, 2012

Here are the strangest public toilets in the world—complete with cantilevered ‘tails’ to provide natural ventilation:

CAPUY · June 29, 2012

&#39Kumutoto Toilets&#39 baños públicos estructurales con formas de escultura #Diseño

Karlie Kirk · June 29, 2012

Can public toilets be iconic, eye-catching forms? My answer was no until I saw the Kumutoto Toilets via @ArchDaily

worldworx · June 29, 2012

Kumutoto Toilets, Wellington, New Zealand by Studio Pacific Architecture #architecture #australasia

whetu · June 29, 2012

everytime i eat crayfish now i will think of that time i did a turd.

Axio · June 29, 2012

This tries way to hard for what it actually is. I'm all for innovation, daring, and non-standard practices, but it needs to be balanced by an acute and nuanced understanding of what it is you're actually trying to accomplish. As far as I can tell, without any plans or sections (I wonder why) the "trunks" are completely superfluous.

brian taufik w · June 29, 2012

mbok kaya gini kl bikin toilet..:D...Kumutoto Toilets / Studio Pacific Architecture | ArchDaily via @archdaily

D Lequeu · June 29, 2012

Kumutoto Toilets / Studio Pacific Architecture

alex · June 29, 2012

show us a plan!

fudge · June 28, 2012

show us a section!

Tosh · June 28, 2012

I've seen alot of natural ventilation strategies but for a "toilet cubicle" that's quite alot of effort..

gmsgmsgms · June 28, 2012


student · June 28, 2012

this just might be the strangest thing i have ever seen.


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