When public restrooms become art, cities become museums. Those are the words of architect Makoto Tanijiri, who has designed a new public restroom in Sendagaya, right next to the new Tokyo National Stadium.
Located immediately outside Tokyo’s Sendagaya Station, the new public restroom is designed to look like a giant block of levitating concrete, a visual contradiction that creates intrigue and inquisition. The 50 cm (20 in) gap between the ground and wall inform passerbys of the activity, or lack thereof, within the restroom. Skylights on the ceiling allow light to filter in and off of the tactile walls.
The public restroom is located right outside the the new Tokyo National Stadium. Both were meant to greet visitors during the opening of the 2020 Summer Olympics, which had to be postponed due to the global pandemic.