The World’s Most Extreme Public Bathrooms

September 12, 2013 by Emily hall  
Published in Shopping

For most people, a public bathroom is nothing more than a necessary evil. You want to get in, answer nature’s call and get out as quickly as possible.

However, there are some public restrooms around the world that are actually worth slowing down a bit and checking out. From gold-plated toilets to underwater loos, some public facilities have taken the concept of the bathroom to the next level.

Not convinced? Read on to learn more about some of the world’s most extreme public bathrooms.

Charmin Restrooms, New York

During the holiday season in New York City, finding a clean restroom can be a little bit like finding the elusive gift. So who better than the biggest name in toilet paper, Charmin, to create a public bathroom unlike any other? Located in Times Square, Charmin’s seasonal bathrooms are designed around a particular theme each year (last year the theme was Winter Woodland) and offer not only a chance to go in a clean, comfortable space, but also become a tourist attraction in and of themselves: It’s the only place where you can have your picture taken with the popular Charmin bears from the TV commercial. Expect to find the pop-up bathrooms to appear somewhere in Times Square around Thanksgiving.

Hundertwasser Public Toilets in New Zealand

When you think of highway rest areas, you probably think of uninspiring, crowded buildings where you can grab a fast food burger and gas after you’ve used the bathroom. But in the rural town of Kawakawa on coastal New Zealand, the highway rest area is anything but boring. Designed by famed architect Freidensreich Hundertwasser, this building is a triumph of design, with curved walls, columns, colorful mosaics and a thatched roof. It’s anything but drab — by many accounts, the toilets are a work of art.

World’s Largest Restroom, Chongqing, China

With a population of more than a billion people, it only makes sense that the largest public restroom in the world is found in China. But this four-story, 1,000-toilet (yes, 1,000!) facility doesn’t limit its amenitiesto row after row of boring urinals and stalls. In an attempt to turn the bathroom into an attraction in its own right, the bathroom’s designers incorporated toilets and urinals in bright colors and unusual shapes. For example, only here can you “go” into a crocodile’s gaping jaw. Some of the toilets even offer televisions or music.

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