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Toilet in a Courtyard by Rohan Chavan

Second in his series of public toilet prototypes, CQ investigates Rohan Chavan’s Toilet in a Courtyard.

PAUSE ON THE MUMBAI-GOA HIGHWAY

Meet Pause, an updated version of public toilets (but much more), on the Mumbai-Goa highway.

Project Samman by Anagram Architects

Designed by Anagram Architects, Project Sammaan rethinks community toilets in Odisha’s Slums.

Toilet Signage by Access for All

Access for ALL makes first of its kind Braille signages for public toilets

THE PORTABLE TOILET (The Toilet Manifesto)

Kalpit Ashar and Mayuri Sisodia of MAD(E) IN MUMBAI dived deep into the system of public toilets when they participated in a competition organised by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai seeking design proposals for community toilets in slums.

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Showcase 26 Dec 2018

CQ Round-up: 5 public projects changing the narrative around toilets and restrooms in India

Many of us would admit to putting ourselves through some serious discomfort, while gambling on the strength of our bladders, just to avoid using a public toilet. In the 4th CQ Round-up, we pick out the public restrooms we came across that serve the community, while making the thought of using public amenities a lot less dreadful.

There are a few drawbacks public sanitation facilities in India possess. In addition to being (understandably) thought of as dirty and worn, they also often lack amenities such as sanitary tools and changing tables. Moreover, many public toilets in India don’t cater to those with special needs such as wheelchair dependency and the visually impaired. Over recent years, design studios and architects have been paying attention to these shortcomings and have made significant strides to address them.

1. Pause on Highway by Rohan Chavan

Pause on Mumbai-Goa highway is the public toilet by Rohan Chavan and his studio that puts the “rest” in the restroom. The project was initially conceptualized to aid truck drivers travelling along the highway that often go without any pit stops. The restroom serves various types of users and features different entryways for specific groups of people i.e the elderly and disabled, wash basins, a nursing station and a sanitary napkin vending machine. It also includes a convenience store and a hair cutting salon. Materials and layouts were chosen with efficiency and easy maintenance. The red structure is a huge step forward in altering how restrooms in India are perceived.

Toilet in a Courtyard by Rohan Chavan

Second in his series of public toilet prototypes, CQ investigates Rohan Chavan’s Toilet in a Courtyard.

Check out Pause here.

 

2. Toilet in a Courtyard by Rohan Chavan

Toilet in a Courtyard is the prototype designed by Rohan Chavan combining a communal restroom facility within, you guessed it, a courtyard. The idea behind it is that an outdoor element like a courtyard would bring in sunlight (a natural disinfectant) and support proper ventilation. Also, the courtyard would serve as a waiting space during highly populated hours and separates the sections for men and women. Located in a heritage building, Bandra station, materials such as Mangalore tiles, stone and concrete were chosen to compliment the building. The design combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional elements and makes for a better restroom experience.

PAUSE ON THE MUMBAI-GOA HIGHWAY

Meet Pause, an updated version of public toilets (but much more), on the Mumbai-Goa highway.

Take a look at the structure, Toilet in a Courtyard, here.

 

3. Project Sammaan by Anagram Architects

An initiative by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Sammaan was launched to tackle the need for better sanitation in Odisha’s slums. After analysing the habits and needs of the locals, Anagram Architects and Quicksand Design Studio designed a restroom specifically for the people and conditions of the area. Equipped with features like bathing cubicles, a clothes washing space and even a spitting trough for paan. Water conservation was also factored into the design with water conserving flushes a water storage unit and a wastewater disposal system.

Project Samman by Anagram Architects

Designed by Anagram Architects, Project Sammaan rethinks community toilets in Odisha’s Slums.

Read up on Project Sammaan here.

 

4. Toilets for All by Access for All

While using a communal toilet is the bane of most population segments, it is a special type of unpleasant for those with physical disabilities. Access for ALL is the initiative built on inclusivity and aims at making public spaces accessible through architectural and design interventions. Siddhant explains, "More than anything else, people just want to be independent.” Collaborating with the Lions Club of Juhu, the organisation created braille signages for about 30 toilets, including the Juhu beach main public toilet. This isn't the first time Access for ALL has worked to improve the accessibility of public toilets.

Toilet Signage by Access for All

Access for ALL makes first of its kind Braille signages for public toilets

Get to know more about Access for ALL and their work here.

 

5. The Toilet Manifesto by MAD(E) IN MUMBAI

Kalpit Ashar and Mayuri Sisodia of MAD(E) IN MUMBAI got involved with the public restroom system when they participated in a competition looking for community toilet designs in the slums. On Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, where they were awarded as social innovators, they were approached by Karnataka's IT&BT minister to design a woman’s toilet in Gulbarga. This subsequently led to The Toilet Manifesto, a three-series set of prototypes for community toilets in slums, women’s toilets in rural areas and a highway prototype for Pratha. Each innovative and uniquely suited to meet the requirements of the group they were aimed towards.

THE PORTABLE TOILET (The Toilet Manifesto)

Kalpit Ashar and Mayuri Sisodia of MAD(E) IN MUMBAI dived deep into the system of public toilets when they participated in a competition organised by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai seeking design proposals for community toilets in slums.

More about MAD(E) IN MUMBAI here.


These are some of the various structures making a case for public restrooms. Check out other round-ups for 2018, here.

Main Image: Photo by Gilles Desjardins on Unsplash.