Should You Be Concerned About Privacy in Open-Air Public Restrooms? No! Here’s Why

When people hear about the Portland Loo’s balance between privacy and safety, there’s an understandable hint of skepticism.  After all, this modern facility’s unique design challenges the traditional conception of a restroom. However, a deep dive into the Loo’s structure and specifics will quickly address these concerns.

Understand the Portland Loo’s Design

Using the Portland Loo is a revelatory experience…at least in the realm of restrooms. The real magic of the design is in its simplicity and effectiveness. The Loo is able to achieve more in the way of accessibility, fiscal responsibility, durability, and inclusivity while protecting privacy. It throws off all the costly and impractical trappings of standard public restrooms which overdeliver on privacy at the expense of everything else people want in a facility. Let’s explore some of the ingenious features of the Loo that promote privacy:

Angled Louvers

The Portland Loo is equipped with angled louvers at the top and bottom. The strategic placement and height of louvers ensure users are sufficiently obscured from the view of passersby. At the same time, this open grating allows for proper ventilation, natural lighting, and the detection of criminal activity. All of this is achieved without compromising the privacy of users. Plus, the Loo is designed with a completely solid roof to keep nearby residents from being able to peer inside.

Single-User Design

Nothing says privacy quite like being sandwiched between a bunch of strangers when answering nature’s call. Sense the sarcasm? The Loo flushes this common restroom faux pas away with a single-user design. This game-changing layout gives you access to the entire facility, creating a personal, secure, and private environment. This is particularly important for individuals who may feel vulnerable in public spaces, including parents with young children, elderly individuals, or those with disabilities who require more space and time.

External Sink

The dysfunctional design of run-of-the-mill restrooms places sinks uncomfortably close to the stalls. This results in awkward encounters and frustrating disturbances, eroding a user’s sense of privacy. The Portland Loo avoids this issue altogether with an ingenious design hack: an external sink. This way, passersby or recent users can wash their hands without bothering the current occupant. Plus, it’s a great way to boost a community’s general hygienic practices in public.

Locked Doors

No, we’re not bragging about the Portland Loo having locks. That’s a given! What distinguishes this modern restroom from conventional facilities is the quality, durability, and functionality of the locking mechanism. You couldn’t trust the locks on most restrooms to keep out a gust of wind, let alone a person! In contrast, the Loo is outfitted with the most advanced and durable locks to give users a sense of security and privacy when using the restroom.

Durable Design

Privacy is one of the reasons to love the Loo’s steel paneled walls. These heavy-duty walls not only resist vandalism and misuse but also maintain user privacy. This virtually impenetrable material withstands the harshest weather conditions and the wear and tear of high-traffic settings, ensuring you can “go” in peace no matter what. This is in stark contrast to traditional public restrooms with flimsy doors and rattling parts that feel as though they could cave in.

Versatile Placement

While standard public restrooms are relegated to stuffy spaces, the Portland Loo’s small footprint and stand-alone design allow for much more flexibility in its location. This allows cities to strategically install the Loo in less crowded places for enhanced user privacy. They’re suitable for public parks, residential areas, business districts, and other areas strategically located away from heavy pedestrian traffic.

The Portland Loo began as Portland’s solution to the issues posed by traditional public restrooms. However, this revolutionary toilet’s problem-solving design has captured the attention of 20+ cities across the globe. If you’re wondering how to bring a Loo to your city, check out these tips. Feel free to contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!