Public Toilet Design: From Hotels, Bars, Restaurants, Civic Buildings and Businesses Worldwide


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Public Toilet Design presents a selection of 130 very diverse public toilet designs — 50 of them installed over the last two years — in which toilets enjoy special status as a vehicle for various artistic and cultural expressions, corporate values and the...

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The best, for architects, designers and contractors.

Public Toilet Design presents a selection of 130 very diverse public toilet designs — 50 of them installed over the last two years — in which toilets enjoy special status as a vehicle for various artistic and cultural expressions, corporate values and the needs of different social groups.

The book covers as:

  • History and evolution of the public toilet
  • Places of leisure: e.g., restaurants, bars, clubs, malls, gyms, theaters, museums, stadiums
  • Commuting spaces: e.g., airports, train stations, boats, rest areas
  • Public residences: e.g., hotels, spas, geriatric residences
  • Working Environments: e.g., banks, offices, public administrations
  • Materials and accessories used
  • Ergonomics: adaptations for users, including the elderly, handicapped, diaper-changing stations.

Locations from around the world are featured, including restaurants, bars, malls, schools, museums, hotels, gyms, cinemas, boutiques, businesses, stadiums, airports, train stations, street lavatories, and park restrooms.

Among the 50 new designs — and don't miss the transparent "Don't Miss a Sec" sidewalk toilet — are the following:

  • Central Library Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • SIDE Hotel, Hamburg, Germany
  • Rain Restaurant, Toronto, Canada
  • Roman Tabernae at the Trajan's Forum, Rome
  • Rizhao Public Bathroom, Rizhao, China
  • Mid-City Gym, New York City
  • Public Toilets at the
    Port of Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Yoga Deva, Gilbert, Arizona
  • Kros Urinal, London, UK
  • Restrooms of the New Hotel, Athens, Greece.

More than 600 full-color photographs illustrate the designs in detail and each project is accompanied by descriptive text in five languages. Plans and detailed descriptions show the transformation of the public toilet during its planning, development and construction stages.

Designers, architects, students and the purely inquisitive will find Public Toilet Design fascinating and informative.

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Editorial Reviews

Toronto Star - Philip Marchand
[Review of previous edition:] Many of the bathrooms photographed in the book... really are spectacular.
Austin American-Statesman - Jeff Salamon
[Review of previous edition:] Photos of public bathrooms tricked out... it will remind people that some bathrooms are nicer than your living room.
Winnipeg Free Press - Ron Kirbyson
[Review of previous edition:] Brilliantly illustrated presentation of public toilets... combine[s] utility with what is often spectacular design.
Times-Colonist - Robert Amos
[Review of previous edition:] Here are artistic photographs of carefully chosen water closets in hotels, bars, restaurants, civic buildings and businesses worldwide...This is a perfect book for the John.
Sources and Design
[Review of previous edition:] Edgy loos from around the world.
CanWest News Service - Vanessa Farquharson
[Review of previous edition:] Full-color photos of the world's best loos... makes a good argument that, even when you're in the toilet, the ambience in a place has to carry through to the space.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770852167
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,461,124
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Francesc Zamora Mola studied interior architecture in Barcelona and later in San Francisco where he honed his design skills working with innovative architecture firms. Currently, Francesc Zamora Mola lives in Barcelona and applies his experience to writing and editing about design and architecture.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Yoga Deva
Cocoon Club
Club Musée
Nisha Acapulco Bar Lounge
Kabaret's Prophecy
Le Boutique Club
Spazio A4
Casa Cor 2003
Campus Center in Illinois
Daycare in Pamplona
Cinecity Trieste Multiplex
Central Library Rotterdam
Nisha Mexico City Bar Lounge
Mark Taper Forum Renovation
Man Tong Kitchen
L'Olio Colto
Multiplex Cinecity
Hollywood Bowl Restroom Renovation
Gravitecture M
Tokinokura Lavatories
Trollstigen Tourist Route Project
Selvika, National Tourist Route


Hotel Adelph
Tulip Ashar Suites Shanghai Central
Hotel Side
Restrooms at New Hotel
Hilton Pattaya Restrooms
Belvedere Hotel Guestroom Bathrooms
Malatesta Countryside Hotel
W Paris-Opéra
Sala Phuket Restrooms
Hilton Centro Historico Hotel Spa and Fitness Center


Solengo Headquarters' Restrooms
Duravit Spain
Offices Bisazza
Dunmai Office
Geberit Training Center
Bullring Shopping Center
Siemens Headquarters


Pavilion Drakensteijn
Kumutoto Toilets
Diana, Princes of Wales Memorial Playground
Britomart Transport Center
Public Toilets of Urquiza Park
Public Toilets in Sao Paulo
Schiphol Airport
Centennial Park Amenities
Public Restrooms at Kadikoy Park
Danfo Urinal
Kros Urinal
Don't Miss A Sec
Public Toilets at the Port of Dubrovnik
Trail Restroom
Roadside Rest Area Akkarvikodden


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Bathrooms have traditionally been considered as an afterthought in the design of public places and areas. Public toilets are generally thought of as cold, and frequently non-hygienic spaces sometimes associated with delinquency and vandalism. Nevertheless, bathrooms not only form part of our everyday life but also reflect the evolution of hygienic practice, as well as express a range of human cultural practices to such an extent that they form part of the history of civilization.

In recent years, bathrooms have been subject to greater attention from designers, who give full rein to their creativity to turn bathrooms into an experience for the senses while also being imbued with great artistic value. This book presents a selection of very diverse projects in which bathrooms enjoy a special status as a vehicle for various artistic and cultural expressions, corporate values and the requirements of different social groups. Particular attention has been paid to the latter, as the needs of a male user are not the same as those of a woman, child, senior citizen or handicapped person — and the design of a bathroom must take these characteristics into account. Over the course of four chapters — Leisure and Culture, Hospitality, Working Environments and Community Spaces — we take in a survey of bathrooms belonging to different types of buildings, including bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms, offices, hospitals, kindergartens, public institutions, airports and train stations — all around the world — with special emphasis on the means used to bring together creativity and functionality.

It seems that designers are gradually rebelling against the long-standing conventions and status quo of bathroom design, and are creating spaces that are both functional and aesthetic.

Cristina del Valle Schuster

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