A Spotter’s Guide to Toilets (Lonely Planet) by Lonely Planet


025a764d9ec73bd-261x361.jpg Author Lonely Planet
Isbn 9781760340667
File size 224.98MB
Year 2016
Pages 128
Language English
File format PDF
Category travel


 

Toilet s SPO A T G T E R’ UI DE S Nature’s call has never been so beautifully answered Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the ultimate toilet book. As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms. Whatever you prefer to call them – lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, washroom or water closet – toilets are a (sometimes opaque, often wide-open) window into the secret soul of a destination. It’s not just how well they’re looked after that’s revealing, but where they are positioned and the way they’ve been conceptualised, designed and decorated. Toilets so often transcend their primary function of being a convenience to become a work of art in their own right, or to make a cultural statement about the priorities, traditions and values of the venues, locations and communities they serve. The lavatory is a great leveller – everyone feels the call of nature, every day – but, like any common species, being ubiquitous doesn’t make it uniform. Around the planet (and beyond it, see page 12) toilets have followed various evolutionary pathways to best suit their environment. In these pages you’ll find porcelain pews with fantastic views, audacious attention-seeking urban outhouses, and eco-thrones made from sticks and stones in all sorts of wild settings, from precipitous mountain peaks to dusty deserts. So, wherever you’re reading this, we hope you’re sitting comfortably. -3- S 41° 17’ 5.5968’’ E 174° 46’ 41.6604’’’ S 41° 17’ 5.5968’’ E 174° 46’ 41.6604’’ LINDA MCKIE / GETTY IMAGES © Lobster loos, Wellington, New Zealand Spend a penny? Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, spent NZ$375,000 on architect Bret Thurston’s boggly-eyed design for the public lavatories on the city’s windswept waterfront. It is hoped that the two tentacles, armoured in orange steel, will attract tourists to Wellington, though it’s a long way to go. -4- -5- N 37° 49’ 37.1172’’ W 122° 25’ 22.6416’’ CHRIS WAHLBERG / GETTY IMAGES © Alcatraz, N 51° 30’ 46.0152’’ W 0° 8’ 29.7888’’ San Francisco, USA If you were a guard at Alcatraz high-security prison, you had to have a head for heights, even during your toilet breaks. Using these precarious watchtowers won’t have been relaxing, but at least you’d have stellar views of San Francisco from your penitential perch. Sketch London, UK Don’t panic! These aren’t alien eggs waiting to hatch in a futuristic world. They’re the famous toilet pods at Sketch restaurant, one of London’s swankiest eateries. © ED REEVE At least we think they are. - 6- As the night gets later, the lighting gets wilder. -7- N 58° 46’ W 94° 9’ N 51° 30’ 18.2304’’ W 0° 5’ 14.9244’’ © ANDRÉ GILDEN / 500PX © BEN CAWTHRA / LNP Shard, Enjoy a birds-eye view of Tundra toilet, The orange sail around from being frozen solid to this alfresco Arctic potty London, UK as the Gherkin when you the seat in the -80°C (-112°F) Arctic Canada in Canada’s far north is not temperatures that can grip there to protect anyone’s the windchilled polar tundra. Shard, the British capital’s modesty – it’s there to Few linger long enough to pointiest building, designed prevent people’s posteriors finish the crossword. London landmarks such use the facilities in the by architect Renzo Piano. The privilege of using the Shard’s viewing platform will set you back £25. -8- -9 - N 38° 12’ 50.9364’’ W 119° 0’ 16.5636’’ N 38° 12’ 50.9364’’ W 119° 0’ 16.5636’’ -1 0- -11- BILL WIGHT / GETTY IMAGES © Bodie Ghost Town, California, USA There might not be any riches remaining in the old gold-mining town preserved in Bodie State Historic Park but the restroom is a gem. With views over the badlands of California, northeast of Yosemite, this is one toilet trip you’ll remember. N 38° 52’ 58.4940’’ W 77° 0’ 58.9032’’ N 18° 57’ E 74° 102° 26’ © MICHAËL MARTINHO / 500PX ADAM JAMIESON / GETTY IMAGES © Prototype No, Earthling, this isn’t an things travel in the desirable alien probing machine – it’s direction. Get it wrong, space toilet a space toilet. Performing and you’ll leave the ultimate basic human functions in floater – but at least, in zero gravity is complicated. space, no one can hear A suction system helps you scream. -12- Jungle toilet, Vang Vieng in Laos was in 2012, and now better- once infamous for raucous behaved travellers can Vang Vieng, jungle parties, full of wasted enjoy a more tranquil Westerners tubing along the experience – although Laos tree-lined Nam Song River. answering a call of nature The illegal bars were closed still feels pretty wild. -13- S 36° 21’ 8.9892’’ E 174° 43’ 4.8792’’ S 36° 21’ 8.9892’’ E 174° 43’ 4.8792’’ -14- -15- © HOLGER VÄTH / 500PX Public lavatories, Matakana, New Zealand Locals in Matakana waited seven years and spent a pretty penny (NZ$400,000) to come face-to-face with their pouting public toilets, which provoked plaudits and protestation. Matakana lad Steffan de Haan’s design is highly symbolic, from the facade to the ship-shape cubicles, a nod to the local boat-building industry. N 51° 27’ 36.5292’’ W 2° 28’ 30.0684’’ N 51° 27’ 36.5292’’ W 2° 28’ 30.0684’’ Sadly, this Tardis toilet, screwdriver to get it moving. which materialised in a Inside the ‘Who Loo’, you’ll Warmley, UK cafe garden beside the find a flash, fully functional Bristol-to-Bath cycle path and flushable Victorian-style in 2014, is only a replica convenience, complete with of the legendary laws-of- sensor-operated flashing physics-defying police box lights and sound effects. that allows Dr Who to do Strictly one time traveller his business, and you’d at a time, although it’s need more than a sonic deceptively big inside… -16- © PAUL D SMITH © PAUL D SMITH Tardis, -17- N 11° 13’ 41.7864’’ W 74° 10’ 45.7608’’ N 55° 45’ 14.1480’’ W 37° 37’ 14.8620’’ HOLGER LEUE / GETTY IMAGES © © BORIS DMITRIENKOV / 500PX Simón Bolívar’s Behind every great man was born in Venezuela, and there’s a great… toilet. This lent his name to Bolivia, but washroom, was the last bathroom of he died in Quinta de San revolutionary hero Simón Pero Alejanrino, Colombia, Santa Marta, Bolívar, who liberated most where his washroom of South America. Bolívar is preserved. Public toilets, This trio of bio toilets, traditional red-and-gold standing sentinel by Russian folk designs, Moscow, Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro and watched over by a station in the Red Square, matriarchal Muscovite who Russia is loudly and proudly won’t take any nonsense. emblazoned with intricate Now wash your hands! Colombia -18- -19 - N 65° 21’ E 26° 59’ N 65° 21’ E 26° 59’ -20- -21- © JUKKA ERVASTI / 500PX Forest outhouse, Pudasjärvi, Finland There are no ventilation issues in this old outhouse, which clings on to a precarious existence atop a woody hill in Pudasjärvi, Northern Finland. Before the trees mounted a counter attack, the hill once hosted a fire lookout tower, and this tenacious toilet is the last structure standing. N 35° 41’ 37.824’’ E 139° 42’ 12.777’’ N 35° 37’ 49.788’’ E 139 46’ 42.494’’ CHRISTIAN ASLUND / GETTY IMAGES © Toylet, Joypolis, Tokyo, Japan There’s never a dull moment toilet, the high-tech Tokyo suburb Tokyo, negotiating the latest games Japan to confuse the bidet button a wee, operating the toilet in of Shinjuku is a little like console. Just be careful not with the ejector seat. -22- in a Japanese restroom, © DAN SCHAUMANN / WWW.TOILOGRAPHY.COM High-tech Putting the Wii into going for not since Sega invented an interactive urinal system – otherwise known as the Toylet – where you can test your target skills or stream strength against your peeing peers. It’s the 21stcentury version of chasing a cigarette butt down a urinal. -23- N 25° 19’ E 82° 58’ N 40° 29’ W 106° 49’ © SIMON URIBE-CONVERS / 500PX Outhouse, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA When passing sacred got your back. Shiva, one Any port in a storm – when water in the ladies’ of the Hindu faith’s you’ve got to go and it’s Varanasi, and gentlemen’s street triumvirate of gods, wears 10 below, an outhouse in conveniences in the Ganges a cobra around his neck Colorado can provide a India city of Varanasi, India, you to signify power over refuge, but you won’t be can relax – Shiva’s cobra has dangerous creatures. lingering long on this far- -24- © GUY SAGI / 500PX Cobra toilet, from-hot seat. Temperatures can go well south of -20°C (-4°F) in the higher parts of the US state during winter. -25- N 26° 54’ E 70° 54’ N 11° 49’ E 42° 35’ © MATTEO PORTIGLIATTI/ 500PX © PAUL GAPPER / ALAMY Toilet in The Thar Desert – or Great this lonely restroom near Indian Desert – straddles Jaisalmer, India, which the desert, the boundary of India and even offers some protection Pakistan. It’s an incredibly from the infamous Jaisalmer, arid area, but you can sandstorms that replenish its fluids at sometimes blast past. India Desert Someone once dreamed restroom, French military training area Djibouti some sort of Gulf of Aden of turning Arta Plage – a in the Djibouti desert – into oasis. It hasn’t happened yet, but they did get as far as building toilets – even if you do need the courage of a commando to venture inside. -26- -27- N 34° 2’’ E 77° 55’ N 34° 2’’ E 77° 55’ Restrooms with a view, Chang La Pass, India One of the unexpected effects of high altitude on the human body is the sudden need for a toilet stop – these strategically positioned public toilets perched on the top of Chang La, a 5425m (17,800ft)-high Himalaya pass near Leh in Ladakh, India, provide a restroom with a top-of-the- PATRICK HORTON / GETTY IMAGES © world view. -28- -29 - S 18° 51’ 20.1276’’ E 16° 19’ 45.5520’’ N 51° 59’ 39.1416’ W 8° 43’ 42.7620’’ KEN WELSH / DESIGN PICS / GETTY IMAGES © © AMAR PATEL / 500PX Etosha There are many things even something super rare, you might hope to find such as the black rhino – National Park, in Namibia’s sprawling but a well maintained 22,270-sq-km (8600-sq-mile) public toilet… they’re a long Namibia Etosha National Park – lions, extinct species, surely? leopards, giraffe, warthogs, Apparently not. -3 0- Thatched Gougane Barra in County an island monastery on Cork, Ireland, has been a the lake during the 6th toilet, Gougane refuge – a retreat from the century. These thatched cruel world and a spot for toilets, tucked away in Barra, Ireland quiet contemplation – the forest park, continue since St Finbarr established that tradition. -31- N 51° 21’ E 7° 37’’ N 40° 44’ 26.7072’’ W 74° 0’ 28.5228’’ © IRA BERGER / STOCK PHOTO / ALAMY BEATE MUENTER / GETTY IMAGES © ‘Between In true Teutonic unflinching suspended above the highly fashion, the Between polluted Emscher River – the Waters’, the Waters installation in through the cleansing and Emscherkunst, Germany, recycling process to… a Emscherkunst, follows waste water from water fountain. Have a sip. several sources – including We dare you. Germany twin toilets dramatically -32- Meatpacking Manhattan’s Meatpacking during the hedonistic District has experienced an 1980s, but now it’s NYC’s district, extraordinary evolution in hippest ‘hood, full of the last half-century – the trendy clubs and bistros, New York City, former home of the city’s like the Standard Grill, slaughterhouses saw some where you’ll find this USA seedy subcultures sprout mind-bending bog. -33- N 30° 15’ 19.8540’’ 97° 44’ 23.2728’’ W N 30° 15’ 19.8540’’ 97° 44’ 23.2728’’ W Hikers and bikers on the Lady made from 49 steel plates Bird Lake Trail, which traces strategically standing on Austin, Texas, the banks of the Colorado end in a spiralling pattern to River through Austin, Texas, achieve maximum light and USA can enjoy a gleaming air flow, while guaranteeing state-of-the-art restroom, some potty privacy. -34- © PAUL FINKEL / PISTON DESIGN / MIRÓ RIVERA ARCHITECTS © PAUL FINKEL / PISTON DESIGN / MIRÓ RIVERA ARCHITECTS Trail restroom, -3 5- N 22° 17’ 42.2520’’ E 114° 10’ 18.6312’’ N 63° 37’ W 19° 37’ © JOHN MCINTIRE / 500PX TRAVELSTOCK44 / LOOK-FOTO / GETTY IMAGES © Peninsula Taking afternoon tea in the Felix Bar, where urinals lobby of the Peninsula, Hong positioned in front Hotel, Hong Kong’s oldest hotel, might of a floor-to-ceiling glass be classy, but to properly panel allow you to pee and Kong, China appreciate your surrounds, see cracking views sneak off to the top-floor of Victoria Harbour. -36- Winter toilet, When Iceland’s for days – an impressive Eyjafjallajökull volcano last effort, and something to Langidalur, erupted in 2010, it filled the contemplate, from your poo sky with smoke and emptied pew with a volcanic view in Iceland it of aircraft, with flights this campsite in Langidalur, grounded all across Europe Thorsmork. -37-

Author Lonely Planet Isbn 9781760340667 File size 224.98MB Year 2016 Pages 128 Language English File format PDF Category Travel Book Description: FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrDiggMySpaceShare Loos with incredible views, lavish lavatories, outstanding outhouses – all are featured in this pictorial guide to the world’s most stunning toilets. Whether they’re high-tech or arty, amusing or amazing, each toilet has a photo and a description of its location. More than 100 restrooms to remember are featured, from Antarctica to Zambia. As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms. Whatever you prefer to call them – lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, bathroom, restroom, washroom or water closet – toilets are a (sometimes opaque, often wide-open) window into the secret soul of a destination. It’s not just how well they’re looked after that’s revealing, but where they are positioned and the way they’ve been conceptualised, designed and decorated. Toilets so often transcend their primary function of being a convenience to become a work of art in their own right, or to make a cultural statement about the priorities, traditions and values of the venues, locations and communities they serve. The lavatory is a great leveller – everyone feels the call of nature, every day – but being ubiquitous doesn’t make it uniform. Around the planet (and beyond it, see page 12), toilets have followed various evolutionary pathways to best suit their environment. In these pages you’ll find porcelain pews with fantastic views, audacious attention-seeking urban outhouses, and eco-thrones made from sticks and stones in all sorts of wild settings, from precipitous mountain peaks to dusty deserts. So, wherever you’re reading this, we hope you’re sitting comfortably. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world’s leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet’s mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times ‘Lonely Planet. It’s on everyone’s bookshelves; it’s in every traveller’s hands. It’s on mobile phones. It’s on the Internet. It’s everywhere, and it’s telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)     Download (224.98MB) 150 Best New Bathroom Ideas 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Backyard To The Ends Of The Earth Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Bathrooms, Updated 4th Edition Silk Road (insight Guides) Lonely Planet The World: A Traveller’s Guide To The Planet Load more posts

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