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Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando creates a circular public toilet surrounded by cherry trees in Tokyo

source: https://www.dezeen.com/2020/09/14/tadao-ando-toilet-tokyo-jingu-dori-park/

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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando has completed a circular toilet in a Tokyo park as his contribution to the Tokyo Toilet project.

Built-in Jingu-Dori Park, the toilet was created as part of a scheme run by the non-profit Nippon Foundation to upgrade public facilities in the city’s downtown Shibuya district.

The initiative has already been seen by toilets built by Ando’s fellow Japanese Pritzker Prize-winners Fumihiko Maki and Shigeru Ban.

Circular toilet by Tadao Ando in Jingu-Dori Park as part of Tokyo Toilet project
Tadao Ando has designed a toilet in Tokyo

Surrounded by cherry trees in a small park around a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station, Ando derived the toilet’s shape from his desire to create a structure that enhanced the park.

“I sought for this small architecture to exceed the boundaries of a public toilet to become a ‘place’ in the urban landscape that provides immense public value,” said Ando.

“Using this clear and simple reasoning for the concept of this structure, I chose to utilize a circular floor plan with a spanning roof and engawa [Japanese porch].”

The toilet in Jingu-Dori Park is surrounded by cherry trees
The circular toilet block is surrounded by cherry trees

The circular toilet block, which contains a male, female and accessible cubicle along with external sinks, is wrapped in a wall made from vertical metal louvers. This wall creates privacy while letting air circulate.

The whole structure is covered with an angled roof that overhangs the toilet to provide shelter.

The toilet is surrounded by a wall made from metal louvres
The toilet is wrapped in a wall of vertical louvers

“It was vital for me to make a space that was comfortable and safe,” said Ando. “Visitors can move inside a cylindrical wall of vertical louvers to feel the comfort of the wind and light from the surrounding environment,” he continued.

“A feeling of safety will be emphasized by the free and centripetal circulation which passes through to the other side. This toilet tucked away in the greenery that is Jingu-Dori Park will be known as ‘Amayadori’.”

Sink at Tadao Ando's toilet in Jingu-Dori Park, Tokyo
The toilet has external sinks

Ando’s toilet is the sixth to be completed as part of the Nippon Foundation‘s Tokyo Toilet project. Shigeru Ban’s toilet design comprised a pair of transparent blocks, while Fumihiko Maki topped his toilet block with a “cheerful roof”.

Nao Tamura based her bright red triangular toilet block on the Japanese craft of Origata and Wonderwall referenced primitive Japanese huts for its design. In total 16 toilets are planned as part of the project.

Photography is by Satoshi Nagare, courtesy of The Nippon Foundation.

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