Japan’s peek-a-boo washroom is an art

Walls are transparent when open and opaque when shut

Associated PressUpdated: Sunday, August 30, 2020, 12:15 AM IST
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The walls of two newly installed public toilets in Tokyo's Shibuya neighbourhood are see-through before people enter, but turn opaque when the doors are closed and locked from the inside.

The so-called transparent toilets, which opened this month, were designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for a project organised by The Nippon Foundation that redesigned a total of 17 public toilets in the neighbourhood. The goal was to make them accessible to anyone, regardless of gender, age or disability.

The see-through walls glow in vibrant colors - green, yellow, orange.

"Maybe I feel a little anxious the first time, like will this work? Is somebody (outside) the glass trying to look inside or something?" Cecilia Lopez, a travel blogger from Argentina, said Thursday.

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