Friday, 29 June 2012

Kumutoto Toilets

These public toilets are located at the Synergy Plaza in the Kumutoto precinct on Wellington’s waterfront


As well as taking into account practical considerations such as security, hygiene and vandalism, the brief was to create a structure with a sculptural form, something iconic, highly visible and unusual that was also well integrated into the visual and historical context ofthe surrounding precinct.


To be seen in the round, the design comprises two elongated, irregularly curved forms, instantly recognisable from all key pedestrian approaches and terminating a sequence of spaces and elements along the laneway.


These organic forms, eye-catching and instantly memorable, are suggestive of crustaceans or sea creatures, as if the structure was a kind of fossilised husk that had been discovered and inhabited.


Recalling the waterfront’s shipping past, they cling to the surface of the precinct like barnacles to the underside of a boat.

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