domingo, 15 de fevereiro de 2009

The Most Amazing Bathrooms

O banheiro público no centro de Kawakawa, Bay of Islands, é criativo e democrático.
Ganhou o premio num concurso mundial. Foi desenhado em 1997 por Friedensreich Hundertwasser, um famoso arquiteto e pintor austríaco que morreu recentemente. As cores, os mosaicos, os cacos de azulejo e os vidros lembram Gaudí . O prédio tem um telhado de grama.

As garrafas embutidas na parede deixam entrar a luz natural.
The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre, Branson, Missouri, USA
No high tech gizmos, no sleek Feng Sui, only good old-fashioned hedonism. The women’s room has a fountain, wainscoting, stained glass appointments and an Empire tin ceiling. Live orchids lay nestled at every granite and onyx pedestal sink. The fixtures are carved from black Italian marble and gold. Voluminous chandeliers soar overhead. The air is fragrant with 80,000 fresh violets (used per month). But in this glut of material luxury, simple needs are remembered--a rocking chair is placed at the changing nook.
The gents facility is equally gorgeous yet manly with black lion head sinks, black leather chairs and a marble fireplace. The burled walnut mirror was built in 1868. Men can bond over the hand-carved mahogany billiard table.

One of the most unusual aspects of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s 99,000 square-foot facility is its six public washrooms, each of which was created by an outstanding American artist in the Arts Center’s renowned Arts/Industry program. Initiated in 1974 as a means of supporting artists, Arts/Industry gives artists the opportunity to create whole new bodies of sculpture and other works of art using the facilities, technologies, and materials of nearby plumbingware manufacturer, Kohler Co. Up to 22 artists from around the world spend 2-6 months each year in residence in the company’s pottery, iron and brass foundry, and/or enamel shop creating works they could not undertake in their own studios.

Cynthia Consentino

Exclusively using a cobalt blue reminiscent of delicate Staffordshire ceramic dinnerware, Ann Agee has depicted the many ways in which water is used, from car washes, to sewage plants, the shores of Lake Michigan and shelves of bottled water. The one urinal in the men's room is a humorous explosion of protozoans one would find looking at a drop of water under a microscope."

New York Artist Matt Nolen created this work on commission. These three urinals, as well as three sinks, two stalls and all the walls of the restroom depict changing architecture styles from ancient Egypt to current time on one wall.�The rulers of each period are depicted along the other wall. The restrooms at the Art Center were featured on the Discovery Channel's program, 'The World's Ten Best Bathrooms.' This urinal is named 'Lord.'"

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