It’s a public toilet located near the sea, with smooth beach sand, cool sea wind and blue seawater. Leaning against Xiamen Marathon race-track, the site accomodates numerous tourists and provides romantic atmosphere. What characteristics should a toilet posses in this particular environment? The design starts with such questioning as well as a bit of designer’s ambition.
We imagine the toilet as a relaxing and free-flowing one aggregated by small volumes with sight, sea-wind and sunshine penetrating though the space in-between. We don’t hope it separated into two completely enclosed and clearly defined space each used by male and female. On the contrary, it’s open, nonsexual and semi-separated. We hope the users get a poetic experience in a place surrounded by scenery. Even the waiting process takes place in a semi-outdoor space filled with shadows, sunshine, wind and vegetation, relieving the physical pressure.
▼公厕由小体量聚合，有很多缝隙，视线、海风、阳光能自由穿透， the toilet is a relaxing and free-flowing one aggregated by small volumes with sight, sea-wind and sunshine penetrating though the space in-between.
Toilets here are designed as individual cubicles/compartments, two or three of which compose a modular. Each modular has its own backyard fenced by bamboo bars. Light penetrates the courtyard, and slants/pervades across the glass-brick wall which separate the interior and exterior, casting image of the vegetation into user’s sight. Such soft image brings bright and meanwhile private experience.
▼蹲位被设计成为独立的单间拥有自己竹墙围绕的小庭院，Toilets here are designed as individual cubicles/compartments and each modular has its own backyard fenced by bamboo bars
Seven modular distribute around a central courtyard with a hackberry taller than the roof, which holds the volumes together. Along with plants outside the periphery and inside the backyard, the hackberry also dissolves the architectural volume from the inside out, and melt it into the green surrounding.
▼庭院中心是一株朴树，a central courtyard with a hackberry
▼朴树制造光影并聚合空间，hackberry holds the volumes together
Instead of being an eye-catching building / a piece of eye candy, the toilet appears as scattered volumes with simple and natural materials such as wood and bamboo. Red brick, a regional featured material, is used as floor tile and serves as a strong clue of local characteristic. Irregular red brick tiles blur the border between paving and lawn. Stones dispersing across the building further break this boundaries, and offer sitting area. Tourists even choose to lie on the stone in the entrance to get special perspectives.
▼闽南红砖则作为空间场所的暗示，成为空间的基底， red brick, a regional featured material, is used as floor tile
▼建筑所呈现出的状态更多的是一些树木以及竹棍为主要视觉元素的空间群落，the toilet appears as scattered volumes with simple and natural materials such as wood and bamboo
It’s a place scattered in landscape, with natural elements surrounding it. And that’s what we expect from this design.
▼散落在园林中的如厕之所，it’s a place scattered in landscape, with natural elements surrounding it
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