Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Tokyo’s transparent toilets turn opaque when locked from the inside (right). Photo: AP Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Tokyo’s transparent toilets turn opaque when locked from the inside (right). Photo: AP
Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Tokyo’s transparent toilets turn opaque when locked from the inside (right). Photo: AP
Mercedes Hutton
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Destinations known by Mercedes Hutton

Tokyo’s transparent toilets – stroke of clear genius or sheer madness?

  • Designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Shigeru Ban, the see-through loos give users a ‘weird feeling of being on display’
  • Those brave enough to venture forth will have to trust that the not-always ‘smart’ glass has frosted from the outside when the latrine is locked

Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Tokyo’s transparent toilets turn opaque when locked from the inside (right). Photo: AP Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Tokyo’s transparent toilets turn opaque when locked from the inside (right). Photo: AP
Designed by architect Shigeru Ban, Tokyo’s transparent toilets turn opaque when locked from the inside (right). Photo: AP
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.