1.004 Theory

How wet? How dry?

The humble public toilet is often overlooked. Shy and shady, performing a discrete function, it is a marginal architecture that stalks our city streets.

Historically, public bathrooms, wet rooms and changing rooms were so much more than just functional - they were meeting spots for socialising. They were part of a ritual of intimacy, conversation and care.

We celebrate the potential of a simple 2500mm x 2500mm cube to create a space for encounter, storytelling and imagination as well as ensuring access for all.

Victorian bathing machine, 18th c.

Italian Casotti (Bathing Cabins), Poetto beach, Sardinia, 70s

Every decorative element of the Casotti is the result of the owners' creativity

Tree trunk toilet, Japan

Japanese public toilets

Character and composition studies

A modular and flexible structure