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Wednesday, 10 January, 2024

Competition Introduction

"Shh.. it Matters" Public Toilet Design Architecture Competition aims to bring together creative minds from around the world to envision innovative and user-friendly designs for public toilets. The goal is to create safe, hygienic, and inclusive facilities that promote sustainability and enhance the user experience. This competition brief outlines the key objectives, requirements, and evaluation criteria for participants.
The "Shh.. it Matters" Public Toilet Design Architecture Competition invites participants to showcase their design skills and creativity in developing innovative public toilet facilities. By emphasizing functionality, accessibility, sustainability, and aesthetics, this competition aims to inspire the creation of modern and user-friendly toilets that meet the diverse needs of communities worldwide. Join us in this important endeavour to make a positive impact on public hygiene and urban environments.

The primary objective of this competition is to design a public toilet facility that addresses the following aspects:
1. Functionality: The design should provide efficient and functional spaces for users, including separate areas for males, females, and people with disabilities. It should incorporate all necessary amenities, such as toilets, urinals, sinks, and baby-changing facilities, while ensuring easy maintenance and cleanliness.
2. Accessibility: The facility should be accessible to all individuals, regardless of age, gender, or physical abilities. Incorporate universal design principles, including barrier-free access, ample space for wheelchair users, and proper signage for navigation.
3. Safety and Security: Ensure the safety and security of users by incorporating adequate lighting, clear sightlines, and durable materials. Consider measures to prevent vandalism, theft, and unauthorized access without compromising the aesthetic appeal of the design.
4. Sustainability: Integrate sustainable practices and technologies into the design. Consider energy-efficient lighting, water-saving fixtures, use of recycled materials, and proper waste management systems. The design should minimize the environmental impact and promote a greener future.

1. Site Selection: Participants are free to select any suitable location for their design. It could be a public park, urban area, transportation hub, tourist attraction, or any other context where public toilets are needed.
2. Design Concept: Develop a unique design concept that reflects creativity, functionality, and aesthetics. The design should blend harmoniously with its surroundings and enhance the overall user experience.
3. Floor Plan / Sections / Elevations: Provide detailed floor plans for each section of the facility, including separate areas for males, females, and people with disabilities. Clearly indicate the placement of fixtures, equipment, and circulation paths. Ensure compliance with relevant building codes and regulations.
4. 3D Renderings: Create high-quality 3D renderings or visualizations that depict the exterior and interior of the facility. This will help showcase the design intent, spatial arrangements, and material choices.
5. Material and Technology: Specify the materials, finishes, and construction techniques to be used in the design. Additionally, consider incorporating innovative technologies that improve the user experience, such as touchless fixtures, automated cleaning systems, or smart monitoring devices.