Sunday, August 19, 2012

Praça do Comércio - Lisbon, Portugal

Today, The Toilets of the World Blog brings you a toilet from the Praça do Comércio in downtown Lisbon.

photo of a toilet at the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal

When the team was contacted by Renato Braz from Renova, we assumed it would be just another email from just another fan, driven mad by the top notch quality of this blog. It was not.

The first paragraph in the e-mail did catch our attention though.

"These are public restrooms in downtown Lisbon and our goal was to transform the 'go to a public toilet' from a boring and sometimes even unpleasant experience to a cool, fun and somewhat sexy experience. 'Sexy' meaning appealing, daring and clean." 

The link to the Dropbox* account contained a fantastic collection of otherworldly toilets and bathroom accessories meant for the gods. We are usually too lazy to post more than one picture, what with all the resizing and everything, but this time to do so would be a crime against humanity. This is but a small collection and the images won't enlarge when you click on them.  So for the full collection, visit their Facebook page.

The team was shivering with excitement and even though half the staff had already fainted when they read the word "sexy",  we calmed ourselves down and read on.

"All booths are cleaned after each utilization, we have studied and implemented special ventilation and space aromatization, booth soundproofing (SOUNDPROOFING!), etc. We also have a selected playlist of loud music and low and warm light thus contrasting with the usual cold white light seen in restrooms (PANTING AND DEEP BREATHING). Furthermore we use the available walls as a gallery to showcase the work of some invited artists. (PAY ATTENTION TO THIS NEXT SENTENCE) All to turn something that is usually a “non-space” hidden in dark corners to fully fledged place.        

Ladies and gentleman, the future of the toilet has arrived. For years The Toilet of the World blog has complained about the unnecessary boredom and lack of creativity found in most of the bathrooms we visit. Our scathing post regarding the dull state of the toilets at Walt Disney's supposed "Magic Kingdom" is a great example of what is wrong with the industry today. 

These toilets also don't discriminate against gender or mobility. As Renato writes:

"In this new restroom we also have a concept of non-discrimination by gender or by mobility conditions. It means that there are no male / female segregation and all booths are discretely ready to receive a person in a wheelchair."

Discovering an ally in these dark toilet times is a rare thing. Thanks again Renato, and all the best to you and Renova -you are perfect.

Oh, and we hear great things about the Praça do Comércio and Lisbon for that matter.

-- The Toilets of the World Team

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* New favorite word for a toilet 

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