You go, I go, we all go the bathroom, but can you do your business in THESE bathrooms?
Can you go if it feels like other people can look into the bathroom? Or that you're suspended in the air 15 stories up? How much do you gotta go anyhow?
Take a look at these 5 fearsome toilets, where the pressure you feel ain't just that of your bursting bladder:
1. Toilet with Glass Floor
Image: Carlos Diaz Corona
This unique bathroom in the PPDG Penthouse in Guadalajara, Mexico, is designed by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos. The space was intended for an elevator which was never installed - instead, the homeowner installed a powder room with a glass floor that lets you look straight down all 15 levels of the empty shaft.
2. Men's Bathroom at the Sofitel Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Photo provenance unknown - via Snopes
You've probably seen the viral photo above of a man using a urinal against a wall picture of women laughing at them, taking photographs and even, ahem, taking measurements, and you've probably thought that it's Photoshopped.
But the photo is real: that's the men's restroom in the 5-star Sofitel hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand. According to Snopes, hotel manager Mark Wilkinson said that the restroom was "just a way to put a little levity into the posh hotel."
3. The Glass Box Public Lavatory
Photo: Iwan Baan
When nature calls, why not go in a toilet that's, well, full of nature? The public toilet at the Itabu train station in Ichihara, Japan, is enclosed in a see-through glass box. It is surrounded by a lush garden and a 6-ft tall fence so you can go to the bathroom "outside" yet in complete privacy (well, at least until someone stands on a ladder outside the fence).
Find out more about the Itabu Station Glass Box Public Toilet over at Homes & Hues.
4. Aquarium Bathroom
No one can see you go in this women's room at the Mumin Papa Cafe in Akashi, Japan. Well, no one but the fish and the sea turtle!
The owner of the cafe reportedly spent ¥30 million ($270,000) to build the sub-aquatic bathroom. According to Pink Tentacle, the owner admitted that the turtle is male and, uh, is a bit of a lech and likes to peek in.
5. The One Way Mirror Toilet
Photo: Monica Bonvicini and Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
In 2003, artist Monica Bonvicini created a minimalist glass cube that contained a fully functional toilet inside, as a temporary artwork outside the Tate Britain Gallery in London. The work, called "Don't Miss A Sec," used one-way mirror so while the people outside couldn't look in, the person inside could gaze out while, you know, going to the bathroom.
Bonvicini told Kate Green of Neoaztlan art journal:
The idea for Don’t Miss a Sec.’ came in 1999. I made the drawings for it on an airplane. It relates to the urge, during big art events where so much is about “see and be seen,” to not miss anything. At any big art event, everyone needs a bathroom at some point. If you use the work for it, you are still able to see the next art work, who is passing by, who is talking with whom, and who is wearing what. At the same time, you can literally show your ass to them.
Don’t Miss a Sec.’ is also an ironic comment on the idea of modernism, particularly through referencing the pavilion works of Dan Graham. Don’t Miss a Sec.’ is about the desire and failure to “see it all” which is a strong trait in modernism. This work absurdly pushes at the limits of what is public and what is private and offers a performative element in which inside and outside are blurred together.