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Green-roofed Public Restroom Facility in Argentina Offers Amazing River Views

Posted By Ana Lisa On October 20, 2011 @ 2:10 pm In Daylighting,Green Lighting,social design,Sustainable Building,Urban design | No Comments

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Seeking to provide a sustainable public building without interfering with the park´s everyday activities, the architects had to consider many things at once. The site is located within a public park called Urquiza [6], which is an important green spot in the city where people enjoy running, having picnics, playing with dogs, and romantic walks next to the river. The project is set on a sloping site within the park, and the design prompt called for an extension [7] that expands upon of the existing building while keeping its independence.

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The toilets are situated underneath a main avenue and are accessible via a ramp to the south or stairs to the north. Easy to clean and long-lasting cement surfaces cut down on maintenance, and internal doors made from galvanized sheet iron [8] prevent vandalism. The long wavy wall in front of the basins and mirrors is made from a translucent type of U-shaped glass called Profilit [9]. This luminous wall lets natural light in while keeping the indoors private. It’s also hygienic and is made from many easy-to-assemble long vertical panels.

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The project also features a sitting area and a playground built within the same space. The sitting area has concrete outdoor furniture [10] designed as simple modernist [11] cubes that provide space for people to eat or drink mate [12] alfresco while enjoying fantastic views of the Paraná River. The playground was designed to include disabled children – it features a hammock for wheelchairs and a bright green synthetic grass floor that prevents nasty bangs.

Via Plataforma Arquitectura [13]

Photos © Luis Vignoli


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/green-roofed-public-restroom-facility-in-argentina-offers-amazing-river-views/diego-jobell-urquiza-park-green-roof-public-toilets-2/?extend=1

[3] Espacio Once: http://www.espacioonce.com.ar/

[4] Rosario: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosario_%28Argentina%29

[5] public restroom facility: http://fs-testserver-v2.com/public-toilet-transformed-into-dream-cottage-in-the-uk/?isalt=0

[6] Urquiza: http://www.traveltoargentina.net/ver-urquiza-park_342.html

[7] extension: http://inhabitat.com/spains-san-telmo-museum-boasts-a-perforated-green-facade/

[8] galvanized sheet iron: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrugated_galvanised_iron

[9] Profilit: http://www.tgsg.co.th/u-glass/Introduction.html

[10] concrete outdoor furniture: http://inhabitat.com/askew-concrete-table-by-oso-industries/

[11] modernist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism

[12] mate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_%28beverage%29

[13] Plataforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2011/10/11/banos-publicos-parque-urquiza-diego-jobell/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PlataformaArquitectura+%28Plataforma+Arquitectura%29

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