Taiwanese students win design award for "Gentolet" restrooms
If you've ever waited in a long line for a restroom stall, a new restroom design from two Taiwanese students will help. The "Gentolet" design has won a "Best of the Best" in the Red Dot Award for Design Concept. It crafted a creative way to share public restrooms to ease long lines when existing space does not allow for restroom expansions. Let's take a look.
The design from Chen Shih-Sheng and Lai Lu-Ru of Taiwan's Tunghai University allows for a middle row of stalls to be accessible by people who enter from separate entrances into two separate restroom facilities. Security is taken into consideration where only one door is accessible at a time. The design aims to relieve a common problem where there is usually a long line for female restrooms. (More design details are available on the Red Dot site.)
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In the U.S., a gender-neutral movement is already underway where public restrooms are designed to be open to all people, using restrooms that don't specify either "man" or "woman." It allows transgender as well as people with non-traditional gender identifications to use unisex restrooms at ease. It also helps parents who enter a restroom facility with their young children of the opposite sex. When the restrooms are designed to be unisex or all-gender, they can be accessible simply based on a first-come, first-served basis.
As long as security and comfort considerations are taken care of, the trend should be beneficial in reducing cost and time while providing more ease and convenience.