How risky the title ‘Transparent Public Toilet’sounded ? But they’re not risky, atleast not as risky as the statement sounded. The transparent toilets are actually part of an innovative project aimed at changing people’s perceptions of public toilets in Japan. Designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, a Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm, the two new sets of transparent toilets have been installed in two public parks of Japan. “There are two things we worry about when entering a public restroom, especially those located at a park,” says a statement on the project’s official website, “The first is cleanliness, and the second is whether anyone is inside.”Shigeru Ban Architects’ design tackles these two concerns by offering a toilet with glass walls that — at first — allows the public to see through from the outside. But once a user enters the toilet and locks the door, the walls turn opaque to provide privacy.”This allows users to check the cleanliness and whether anyone is using the toilet from the outside,” says the statement. “At night, the facility lights up the park like a beautiful lantern.
The toilet facilities are very clean, a mix of gleaming white and chrome pattern. The uncomfortable part of the experience is that once inside, you can’t tell if the glass is frosted or not. The walls between the compartments have mirrors installed, adding to the bizzare feeling of being on display. It’s incredibly important to secure the door lock, which is located well below the handle. If you didn’t lock the door properly then you’re only few minutes away from your walk of shame out of the door.