The US has been suffering from a stark lack of public restroom options for decades. The limited selection is uniform, unimaginative, and downright dull. To make matters worse, the only available public restrooms don’t even get the job done as they often fall victim to normal wear and tear, vandalism, or expensive repairs. The Portland Loo is redefining the way people think about public restrooms while solving issues that have been plaguing these facilities for decades. The Portland Loo is truly a one-of-a-kind bathroom experience. For the uninitiated, let’s explore what it’s like to use the Loo.
The austerity serves a purpose.
The most glaring difference between the Loo and traditional public restrooms is its austere design. This unique aesthetic makes more sense when you understand the motivations behind it. While standard public facilities are primarily designed for comfort, the Loo is designed for the city. That means utility, maintenance, and longevity are all put ahead of the comfort of users. In the end, this strategy leads to a longer-lasting and more sustainable restroom that actually serves the needs of the public. The Loo provides users with everything they need and nothing they don’t which ends up being the perfect formula for a balanced public bathroom design.
You can access it 24/7/365.
There are dozens of Portland Loo’s spread across cities across the United States and even into Canada. If you have the pleasure of coming across a Loo in your city or while traveling, it won’t matter what hour of the day or night you need to go. The Loo offers the public 24-hour access because nature doesn’t warn before it calls. This was a non-negotiable feature when designing the Loo as Portland was looking for a way to provide its houseless population with a viable and safe place to go no matter the time of day or night. It’s a key feature that benefits all users, especially since other public restroom options close at night.
You’ll have the perfect amount of privacy.
When using the Loo, you’ll notice that the Loo has less privacy than the average public restroom. The strategically designed grating on the bottom provides the perfect amount of privacy. What does that mean exactly? On the inside, you’ll have all the privacy you need to go comfortably and safely. When you’re waiting for the Loo, you’ll be able to see when it’s occupied and whether it’s being used inappropriately. The scourge of issues that befall most public restrooms results from users feeling a bit too comfortable without any bystanders being able to see criminal or untoward behavior to report to the relevant authorities.
You’ll notice the spacious.
When you step into the Loo, you’ll notice immediately the sheer amount of space available. It’s designed to be wheelchair and stroller accessible. This way, everyone can comfortably use the restroom. The space is augmented by having a curved door that opens outward for easy accessibility. Another feature that improves the spaciousness of the Loo is having a sink on the outside. This also allows someone to wash their hands or grab a drink of water without having to disturb the person inside. When you’re done using the potty portion of the Loo, you can simply slip outside to wash your hands.
It’s a one-of-a-kind public restroom.
The overwhelming reaction people have to use the Loo for the first time is that it’s nothing like anything they’ve ever experienced. It contradicts all the negatives people have come to expect from public restrooms. The sleek and modern design stands apart from the regurgitated style of most restrooms, and the sophisticated simplicity makes for a seamless restroom experience. The stainless steel design throughout ensures you won’t be met with any eyesores such as graffiti, vandalism, or damage.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Portland Loo and what it takes to bring one to your city, contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.