Banheiros Ecotransportáveis / SJ2A

Banheiros Ecotransportáveis / SJ2A

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Architects: SJ2A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  40 40sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Jomar Bragança
© Jomar Bragança

Text description provided by the architects. With a focus on sustainable architecture and using the most environmentally friendly 

materials and construction techniques, SJ2a created the eco-transportable bathrooms.

For public use, the bathrooms were designed to fit in recycled marine containers, with 

the original metal shell structure modified for better use of natural light. Because it is a mobile 

structure, the lining was made in flexible material and resistant to small movements. In this way

the walls and ceilings were covered with slabs of VIROC, a cement fiber board panel composed 

of a mixture of compressed and dry pine wood particles and cement . The combination of 

strength and flexibility of the wood with rigidity and durability of concrete panels make them 

versatile for this type of enclosure and finish. The panels do not require final

finishing such as paint and ceramics. The installation in furring wall style allowed the passage of 

all hydraulic piping and electrical equipment necessary for operation. For the floor a single large 

roll of vinyl was used, with no seams, with the same concept of flexible material and in

this case also for easy cleaning and maintenance.

© Jomar Bragança

For the lighting, we've used special pieces of recycled PET water bottles that refract

sunlight during the day - an original idea from Alfredo Moser, a Mechanic from Uberaba, Brazil

– that we have develop further and incorporated a small 6W LED lamp to the cover for night 

use. To complement, vertical cuts were made on the metal sheets of the container enclosure, to the side of the corridor, bringing in natural light and intentionally distorting and accentuating the perspective of the space. A “infinite effect” was created using a mirror at the deep end of the corridor.

© Jomar Bragança

The stall partitions have a geometric pattern elaborated to unify and simplify the volume in the space. Designed on specific software and cut from reused leftover mdf boards on CNC mill machines that provided a perfect fitting, with minimal waste cuts. In the bathroom countertop, the taps are of the "Deca Touch" Line with a touch trigger and automatic disrupt of flow, avoiding waste and ensuring savings of up to 70 % of water.

© Jomar Bragança

The Female’s bathroom was run on a 20-feet container and male/handicap in a shorter 10 feet container. At the intersection between the two containers, the space configured by the open metal doors was turned into an outdoor Lavabo, with the washbasin and mirror at one door panel, a glass panel and roof framing the existing garden in the background and at the adjacent remaining door panel, mirrors, towels, candles, trash bin, flowers etc.

© Jomar Bragança

We paid attention to detail when seeking to integrate both the design objects required for personal hygiene and visual harmonies for a practical experience that does not neglect the human valueof the architectural space.


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Address:Pampulha, Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Cite: "Banheiros Ecotransportáveis / SJ2A" [Banheiros Ecotransportáveis / SJ2A] 21 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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