Sleek modern architecture comes to a rural Japanese town in a surprising form

Much has been made of the self-cleaning public restrooms that have cropped up in several Western cities in the past decade. More minimalist facilities are possible in many situations, where constant compensating for heavy and irresponsible use isn’t needed. Kubo Tsushima Architects, keeping this in mind, built a simple corrugated metal public toilet in a car park near a historic temple in Nakanojo, Japan. Despite being one step above an outhouse, it proves that a space doesn’t have to feel ‘cozy’ to fulfill a very private purpose.

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