TBWA\HAKUHODO’S Chief Creative Officer Designs Public Toilet as Part of ‘The Tokyo Toilet’ Project
Chief creative officer at TBWA\HAKUHODO, Kazoo Sato has designed ‘‘the most hygienic public toilet'’, as part of THE TOKYO TOILET project, an initiative sponsored by the Nippon Foundation that sees 17 unique facilities designed by leading local and international designers and architects.
The public toilet designed by Kazoo in collaboration with TBWA\HAKUHODO Disruption Lab, distinguishes itself via its "Voice Command” operational capabilities. While public toilets have traditionally been considered "dirty," COVID-19 amplified this perception, and increased concerns around infection through contact of surfaces. The voice command allows users to open and close the door, to flush, to activate the hand washing, even to play the music. With this technology, Kazoo’s toilet provides a sense of comfort, cleanliness and fun.
Located in the heart of Tokyo’s commercial and financial center, Shibuya (Nanago Dori Park (2-53-5, Hatagaya)), Kazoo’s toilet has recently opened to the public. The bright white spherical building will feature a ceiling height of up to four meters, which is also shaped to control air flow and prevent odors from stagnating. A 24-hour ventilation system that combines natural air supply and mechanical exhaust is installed for air control.
THE TOKYO TOILET builds 17 public toilets that can be used by anyone in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a way of moving toward the realization of a society that embraces diversity. The facilities are gender-inclusive, accommodate the elderly, parents of young children, and those with disabilities. While toilets in Japan are recognized as some of the most innovative designs globally, the perception towards public toilets are dark, dirty, smelly and scary. The project also aims to dismiss these perceptions by collaborating with 16 leading creators from Japan and abroad, including TBWA\HAKUHODO’s chief creative officer Kazoo Sato to showcase the endless power of creativity and design. The Kazoo-designed toilet will be the 12th toilet that is open to the public.