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A gravity-defying ‘floating’ toilet opens in Tokyo

The latest addition to Tokyo’s raft of architectural toilets is a concrete cube that appears to be hovering just above the ground.

Suppose Design Office created the facility, which is located in Sendagaya Station in the city’s Shibuya neighbourhood. Its 7.5-metre tall concrete exterior conceals a surprisingly welcoming interior, which includes brass signs and solid wooden doors. A long skylight brings shafts of sun inside, creating dramatic shadowplay.

A gravity-defying ‘floating’ toilet opens in Tokyo by Suppose Design Office
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa

The toilet’s floating appearance is created by an open space left at the building’s base. This is emphasised at night when a glowing downlight reveals the building’s hidden support.

The Japanese capital is no stranger to cleverly designed public conveniences, thanks to the Tokyo Toilet Project – which will see 17 toilets across the capital redesigned by architects including Tadao Ando and Shigeru Ban.

A gravity-defying ‘floating’ toilet opens in Tokyo by Suppose Design Office
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa
A gravity-defying ‘floating’ toilet opens in Tokyo by Suppose Design Office
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa
A gravity-defying ‘floating’ toilet opens in Tokyo by Suppose Design Office
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa

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