Two “transparent” toilets were spotted in Tokyo, Japan.
Nippon Foundation in Tokyo, Japan had recently revealed its two “transparent” toilets as part of its Tokyo Toilet project.
And yes, those toilets were literally transparent! This means people outside the toilet could see what’s inside — from the bin, bowl, and floor. However, when the restroom was occupied and locked, the transparent glass wall turned into an opaque one.
Tokyo Toilet’s website detailed the story behind those first-of-its-kind public transparent toilets, which were located in Yoyogi Fukamachi Mini Park and Haru-no-Ogawa Community Park.
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Shigeru Ban, an architect who designed those transparent toilets, said that there were two things they worried about when entering a public restroom — the first was “cleanliness” and the second was whether anyone was inside the restroom.
Ban also said that the exterior glass turns opaque when locked through the use of Japan’s latest technology, adding that this allowed users to check the cleanliness of the restroom and whether any person was using the toilet from the outside.