‘To-i-let’ is a hidden ‘extra’ room in The Garden of Privatised Delights, designed by Unscene Architecture.
Can we repurpose disused public toilets in new and surprising ways?
To-i-let reveals a toilet in the basement of the British Pavilion. Usually private and inaccessible, it has been opened up and put on display.
Public toilets are rapidly disappearing around the UK. Blighted by concerns over antisocial behaviour or sold off by councils, there is a lack of access to clean, safe toilets in convenient locations, leading to inequality and social exclusion. Without public toilets, people are denied an essential service – either forced to stay close to home, pay to use a toilet, or use the street itself as a toilet. Over the past year, the sudden closure of toilets in pubs, parks and cafés has kept many on a urinary leash.
Through this room, Unscene Architecture ask how we can improve access to underutilised facilities to create a network of publicly accessible toilets, allowing everyone the freedom to explore public space.