Reverie 山城 · 微澗
a ethereal moment of retreat with the flow
Public Toilet Concept Design Competition
Public toilet embodies both intimacy and a civic nature within its role. In addition to providing the city with a hygienic sanitary space for the public to get their relief conveniently, the design aim to elevate the civic presence of public toilet within the city while creating a spontaneous atmosphere and an ethereal personal moment of retreat.
Our proposal put forward a multi-layered system to capture the abundance of natural light, air and our cityscape to serve the functional facilities, street pockets and a pleasant shelter. A space where people could be submerged in their own temporal moments, no matter is a grandpa getting his hands washed, a mother changing the diaper for her baby or a business man getting a relief amid his hectic day. We hope to introduce a new way of perceiving the public toilet as an integrated social architecture to embrace the movements of our city and conjuring a refreshing impression to the often-considered mundane space.
The Pavilion and an airy environment
An open and perforated piece of pavilion floats among us, it is an adaptable and progressively growing structure that multiplies and unites spaces, accommodate different provisions to the spaces below. Sunlight at different times of the day permeated through the roof structure and interventions. It shall become a causal node of the city, and be able to exist in various contexts in Hong Kong. A civic building serve not solely the functional purpose, the existence provides opportunities for multifaceted social activities , and one of such to be pockets allowing resting, lingering or simply a shelter from rain.
We approached the design with a holistic and bottom-up strategy, treating the smallest element - the toilet cubicles - with equal importance to the rest of the building and have no untreated corners. A unique moment during the ‘business’ is celebrated with sensuous views to the natural landscape through the blurry polycarbonate, and one will feel the movement of wind and shades during the most inconspicuous act. The modules are also designed to minimize junctions and material joints for better maintenance.
The modular cubicles are prefabricated in two portions- with lower part as precast concrete with color variations by pigments, and upper part as lightweight polycarbonate illuminated by the embedded light strip, with sensor to increase the lighting when it’s in use, giving a dynamic appearance from the exterior. With Modular-Integrated-Construction in consideration, the modules could be configured to multiply and adapt to different site arrangements organically with the use of various connection modules. They are carefully designed and positioned strategically to create a flowy environment for smooth physical circulation and cross ventilations.
A mutli-layer roof composed by a number of functional and sustainable fittings is proposed, including solar harvesting system, strategic openings to facilitate cross ventilation, mechanical ventilation, weather-proof shelter and greenery. The grid roof system and the vertical support are to be fabricated off-site and assembled on-site, with in-situ on-grade slab or raft footing subject to each site’s geotechnical conditions. The specially designed grid system fabricated by brushed-finished steel allowed easy application of various roofings, interventions and mechanical systems even during operation. The same structure could be adapted to different functional layout of the spaces below.
The basin module consists of all basic elements: water and soap dispenser, paper dispenser, dryer, mirror and trash bin. The fluorocarbon coated aluminium construction of the module is corrosion resistant and can be installed in both interior and exterior environment. Baby-care table is designed as designated space with curved treatment to enhance safety level; the resulted environment and atmosphere shall revamp the image of our public toilet as considerate, modern and user-friendly.
Attendant working environment
The attendant room and service facilities are specially designed to promote healthy and pleasant work environment to the staff of the toilets. Lockers are equipped in the attendant room with seating. Part of the seat is right outside the attendant room for easy management. A special module of slop sink is created with the integration of racks and hooks for cleaning tools to promote tidiness in every corners of the public toilet.
模組的隔間以上下兩部分進行預製: 下部為加入了色粉的預製混凝土，並在不同的社區環境下體現出不同質感色調; 而上部為輕質聚碳酸酯，加上嵌入LED照明燈槽及傳感器，令模組在被使用時可增加照明亮度，帶出動感及不停變化的外觀。
Kenneth Wong/ Wong Lap Ming/ Wendy Hiu