1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba Prefecture 282-0004, Japan
Klein Dytham Architecture (2015)
Klein Dytham have designed a clever new showroom for TOTO toilet products at Narita Airport, Tokyo. The design takes advantage of space created during new upgrades to the airport in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, and is actually an upgraded toilet facility for travellers.
The TOTO website states:
‘GALLERY TOTO is a digital gallery of toilets presented by TOTO and Narita International Airport. This delightful and engaging space is open to everyone. We would like to share the sense of toilet comfort that is so important in Japan from Narita International Airport to the rest of the world.’
As always, Klein Dytham have taken a lateral approach to the idea of putting public toilets on show, turning the space into a slick pavilion lined with translucent shoji-like screens showing blurry images of people seemingly partying in the toilet areas beyond.
A beautiful, slick and inspired design!
Place: Gallery TOTO (including videos)
Architect: Klein Dytham Architecture (including videos)
Photographer: Daici Ano
Review: Dezeen (29 October 2015) and Washington Post (16 April 2015)
Map: Narita International Terminal Map
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