15 of the Weirdest Foreign Bathrooms
Bathrooms are a fairly standard, everyday necessity. Whether it be at home, at work, or in public, we all have to use these facilities on a daily basis. Most of the bathrooms that we’re used to follow the same format. Standard toilet, basin and tiled walls. Normally in white. Occasionally avocado, as people thought that they were a bit wacky back in the ’70s. Abroad, however, bathrooms are a good excuse for designers to pull out all the stops. We’ve got fifteen examples of some of the weirdest foreign bathrooms we’ve seen. From weird decoration, to ingenious designs, these are all bathrooms you won’t have to be desperate to pee in.
Kicking off our weird and wonderful tour of bathrooms worldwide, we have this pretty impressive thermochromic urinal that changes color due to the temperature of your urine. Design geeks on the web aren’t really sure who designed this concept or if it even exists yet, but we’re pretty exited about it. Definitely one for all the boys out there who attempt to write their own name with their pee.
This is certainly one cool bathroom. The famous Ice hotel in Arctic Sweden gets rebuilt to a different theme every year after it melts at the end of season in April. We’ve been reassured that this toilet was built for show rather than actual use. Which is just as well, as we doubt there’s a nearby fire brigade ready and willing to come and un-freeze your butt from the seat.
Well, isn’t this romantic…? We can understand how taking a bath in a heart shaped tub may float some people’s boat. But the adjoining shared toilet is just taking it to the next level. Talk about over sharing. Pooping butt to butt just doesn’t do it for us. But it clearly does it for the Japanese. Where else would you find such a weird idea, after all?
We’ve seen an ice bathroom, now we have an egg-loo (geddit? Egg-loo, Igloo… you see?). Who hasn’t wanted to relieve themselves whilst inside a giant egg, huh? Well, now you can, thanks to the invention of these pretty space age pod-like toilets. We’re guessing they’re designed for some kind of hi-tech, space saving reason, but to us, it just looks like we’re going to be shot off into space. To forever circle the stratosphere in an egg shaped bathroom.
Not one for those who suffer from vertigo, this. Although, you’d be in the right place should you pee yourself with fright. There’s quite a few of these realistic Trompe L’Oiel effect bathrooms around the world. Usually painted to scare the pants off the person trying to use the bathroom. Why must they make an everyday bodily need an extreme sport? We just want to go in peace!
Well girls, if you thought your man spent too long on the John, think yourselves lucky you haven’t had one of these bathrooms installed. We think most men out there would agree that this is one of the coolest bathrooms they’ve seen. Heck, these guys were so excited, they forgot to take off their pants. Definitely need some sanitizer for those controls, though. That’s if they ever leave.
Another weird bathroom, here, this time from China. And it’s not particularly well made either, just look at that plastering! If they’ve made the sinks into the shape of women’s derrières, we dread to think what shape the toilets themselves are. Thankfully, we’ve been spared the image of men actually using these sinks. But at least it may be encouraging some of them to wash their hands after they’ve used the toilet.
For those with minimal space in their houses, this Swiss army knife inspired bathroom may be just the thing you’re looking for. The ‘Vertebrae’ , designed by British designer Paul Hernon, has everything you need out of a bathroom; from your toilet to your shower. Pretty smart idea but we’d imagine those who would be able to afford the $14, 000 price tag aren’t exactly gonna be struggling for space.
Well if you thought that last bathroom was a bit out of your price range, then take a look at this one. This particularly fancy bathroom is in Hang Fung Gold Technology’s showroom in Hong Kong and is made out of, you guessed it, solid gold. Apparently the show room has encouraged others to put orders in for their own gold rest room. Fancy one, yourself? That’ll set you back $29 million then, thanks.
From one very exclusive, posh bathroom, to, er… this. This Indian toilet is a far cry from what most of us Westerners are used to. It’s fairly self-explanatory though, if you weren’t sure where to put your feet, it’s marked out right there for you. You just gotta make sure you have REALLY strong thigh muscles. If you think it looks unhygienic, we’ve had it on good authority this position is supposed to be ever so good for your bowels…
We return again to Japan, who are seemingly obsessed with extravagant bathrooms. As well as your more quirky designs, Japan also boasts some of the most technologically advanced bathrooms you’ll find. This one, at Tokyo airport, has all kinds of functions. Bidet, drying, seat warming, relaxing music, air freshener. You name it, there’s a button for it. Just be careful not to press the ‘open door’ one at the wrong moment.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to do your business at the bottom of the sea, without that weird peeing in your diving suit business, here’s your opportunity. Talk about a loo with a view. Although we’re sure that the fish aren’t thinking the same thing. We just really hope that glass is pretty solid, as we don’t think that electric toilet tissue dispenser would mix well with 10 gallons of water.
From a bathroom under the water, to one that floats right on top of it. This floating bathroom is found on Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. These bathrooms are provided in a bid to keep Lake Powell ‘pure’. i.e. make sure no one poops or pees in the lake. We think this is a neat idea. You just have to be careful you don’t find yourself five miles down stream after you’ve done your business!
If you’re one of those people who use the bathroom as a good excuse for some ‘alone time’, then this is probably one of the safest toilets you could pick. From the outside it looks like any normal, if rather industrial looking, public convenience. But this bathroom in Beijing, China is bulletproof and can even withstand bomb explosions from both inside and out. So, even when you’re at your most vulnerable, you’re not at risk of assassination. Sweet.
For those with a fetish for being publicly watched using the toilet without being arrested; this is the bathroom for you. Artist, Monica Bonvicini created this mirrored toilet which is see-through only to those inside it, to ‘challenge our embarrassment’ and ‘question our environment.’ She named the work ‘Don’t Miss a Sec’. So this could also be the bathroom for you if you fancy urinating on a rather pretentious art piece.