Public Toilets / Gramazio & Kohler

  • 06 Aug 2012
  • Public Facilities Selected Works
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Architects: Gramazio & Kohler
Location: Uster,
Architect In Charge: Sarah Schneider
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Gramazio & Kohler


Project Area: sqm
Collaborators: Christian Schwarzwimmer, Kathrin Hiebler

The public toilet in the city park of Uster has a complex facade of 295 folded aluminumstrips. The depth of the folding and the slightly different colors of each strip generate a shimmering facade that changes depending on sun angle and the observers’ perspective.

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Each strip is lasercut and handfolded. The strips are clipped and bolted onto 18 lasercut aluminum sheets that are mounted to the facade of the prefab module “City”

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  • http://leeedited.blogspot.com benleem

    Looks like its made of bamboo. Superb design and photographs.

  • ShredB!B!

    Hmmm sorry but the project is “Public Toilets” and we don’t see any picture of the inside, such as the “Toilets”. It’s obvious that the project is external but still.. I mean there could be really interesting light effects inside. SO I just wonder how is the created space. The outside is still really attractive

    • Joan

      yeah, quite agree. interested in interior photos.

  • Walt

    New York city made an attempt at providing public toilets. Less conspicuous externally, the interiors are stainless steel to endure an automated ‘sanitizing wash’ after each use. Needless to say, there is a fee to use the facilty.

    • JK

      Despite the status of New York City, nothing architectural or spatial about “The City” can stack up to European cities.

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  • Walt

    Perhaps, though I hadn’t considered a comparison of global toilet facilities after reading the article.

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