Gallery: Solar-Powered Split Bathhouses Provide Sanitation for 700 Chil...

Until last year, over 700 children in Shanmen, Gansu Province lived without proper sanitation and the spread of disease was a very real problem - one school was even forced to close due to an epidemic. As most homes do not have their own bathrooms, it was up to the community to provide one, so Madaifu, an association working with children in difficult familial situations in Gansu province, collaborated with BaO Architects to design and build a split bathhouse for the school children to use during the week and the rest of the public on the weekends. Covered in chalkboard walls to encourage the children to play and draw, the two-roomed bathhouse features solar hot water heaters and discharges its greywater into remediation planters to provide sustainable sanitation.

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