Pastel green and overhead lighting illuminate Marc Newson’s public toilet in Tokyo

Pastel green and overhead lighting illuminate Marc Newson’s public toilet in Tokyo

Marc Newson’s Tokyo Toilet

Industrial designer marc newson You need your public restroom design to be trustworthy and sincere from the start. A calm and cool interior satisfies your appetite for a spotless environment and hygienic public toilets vision, and the designer uses one of his favorite colors to paint the interior of his project with tokyo bathroom.

Pastel green gently washes the walls of your design to focus on simplicity and comfort that results in an enduring and alluring public space. By using green as your primary color, and perhaps your only color, directions and signs appear clear and visible, and equipment within the public facility is easier to see. “I hope this bathroom is as attractive and convenient as many hidden attractions in Shibuya”, says the designer.

marc newson public toilet
image and header courtesy of The Tokyo Toilet

Referencing traditional Japanese architecture

marc newson looks into the heart of Japanese architecture and culture, effortlessly choosing to fuse his vibrant works with the country’s dedication to its traditional roots. To bring it to public use, the designer tops the public bath with a ‘Minoko’ copper roof, a reference to traditional Japanese architecture.

“Although the bathroom is in a crowded and ultra-modern place, I wanted to make this roof shape, which is often found in shrines, temples, teahouses, and rural areas, subconsciously feel comfortable and peaceful. The patina of the copper pyramid roof will, over time, allow the building to blend with the city and become part of the fabric of Tokyo.’ he says.

marc newson public toilet
inside the bathroom | photo @ architecturephoto, see more images here

In Japan, toilets have become a symbol of hospitality culture, often seen and praised on social media for their cleanliness and advanced technology. Many public toilets have earned a reputation for being dirty and smelly.

Tokyo Toilet has stepped in to change this perspective by calling on renowned designers and architects to create warm, inviting and distinctive designs that encourage the public not to shy away from using toilets outside their homes. The Newson-designed toilet is the 14th public toilet in Urasando that began general use on January 20.

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laundry area | photo @architecturephoto

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clear posters on the floor | photo © tecture, see more here

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exterior signs | photo © tecture

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marc newson public bath at night | photo © tecture

project information:

Name: Urasando Public Toilet

designer: marc newson

location: 4-28-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku in Japan

Project: The Tokyo Bath by the Nippon Foundation

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January 23, 2023

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