Let’s face it – we all have basic needs and when we travel a lot it’s not easy to find a decent public toilet on time. Ok, most of the times you won’t find one anyway, to say the truth, but at least, you should know they exists :)
Graben Toilets by Wilhelm Beetz, Vienna
Wilhelm Beetz revolutionized Vienna’s sanitation history in the late 19th century. Beetz proposed a number of modern conveniences, including these Jugendstil toilets in Graben.
The entranceway—framed by twisting metalwork—is reminiscent of a subway gate, but descend and you’ll find elegant underground toilets with pretty patterned tiles, marble walls, and wood-paneled booths equipped with individual sinks and brass fixtures—still spic-and-span. Fancy, huh?
In 2007, the city council spent almost $1 million into renovating the belowground WCs of its most famous square.
The black-and-white scheme melds with extensive use of glass, stainless steel, and stone, while oversize cityscapes photographed by Tobias Wille are part of an overall aesthetic that’s said to be “graffiti-deterrent.” You’ll definitely feel like you’re at the opera :)
Sky Arena Observatory, Shanghai Financial Center, China
If you ever go to Shanghai, you have to visit the Observatory – there you will find the world’s highest-altitude restrooms, at a vertigo-inducing 1,388 feet.
According to travelandleisure.com, you can make use of the gleaming stainless-steel urinals or bidet-style toilets that have dramatic views over the bustling Bund below.
Hundertwasser Public Toilets, New Zealand
In 1997, architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser had a vision where the toilets symbolize a temple – bathrooms are places of contemplation after all, he has noted.
The eco-smart building incorporates a living tree, a grass roof, and reclaimed bricks. We find it quite interesting, don’t you?